London 2012 - Round-up: England stay perfect

Reuters - Tue, 02 Mar 19:31:00 2010

European champions England hammered South Africa 6-4 for their second victory at the start of the hockey World Cup in Delhi.

England's Mackay scores the fifth goal as Catlin celebrates during their match against South Africa at the men's Hockey World cup in New Delhi - 0

Also in the six-team pool B, tournament favourites Australia got their campaign back on track with a 5-2 victory over India while Pakistan beat Olympic silver medallists Spain 2-1.

Richard Mantell scored twice in England's comprehensive victory over South Africa.

Clinical Australia, who suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat by England in the opening match on Sunday, pumped in two goals by the 10th minute to establish early domination over India.

Australia's Liam De Young stunned India with a second-minute goal and Glenn Turner scored off a penalty corner in the 10th for the first of his two goals as a packed crowd at the Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium was silenced.

Desmond Abbott scored the third goal for Australia, who won a record 10th Champions Trophy in December, before Vikram Pillay pulled one back for the hosts just before half-time.

Luke Doerner and Turner scored in quick succession when play resumed as India, without striker Shivendra Singh who is serving a three-match ban, crumbled under pressure.

Captain Rajpal Singh cut the deficit for India who were outpaced by a speedy Australian team for whom Jamie Dwyer also missed a penalty stroke.

Abdul Haseem Khan scored both goals for Pakistan, who lost to India in the opening game.


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