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Hockey World Cup 2018: Australia beat Ireland 2-1; China holds England 2-2

Prime News, International and National Sport, Hockey, Bhubaneswar, December 1:- In the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018, defending champions Australia beat Ireland 2-1 in the first Pool B encounter at the Kalinga Stadium here on Friday. At half time, both the teams were level at 1-1.

In the second Pool B match, 18th ranked China gave the first upset of the tournament by holding World mumber 7 England for a 2-2 draw. Both the teams were level at  1-1 in the first half.

China and England played first draw of Hockey World Cup 2018, as they played a thrilling Pool B game at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Both teams split the points.

The Chinese, known for their agile tactics, took the lead when Guo Xiaoping scored in the 5th minute. England levelled the score through Mark Gleghorne in the 14th minute. Liam Ansell gave England a 2-1 lead in the 48th minute.

England almost took the game, but Talake Du scored the equaliser for China in the 59th minute, dashing their hopes. Talake Du was declared ‘Player of the Match.’ (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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