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Hockey World Cup 2018: Australia book quarter-final berth; China hold Ireland to 1-1 draw

Prime News, International and National Sport, Hockey, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), December 5:- Defending Champions Australia showcased their mettle in the second half of their clash against England, outclassing them by 3-0, to book a quarter-final berth at the ongoing Men’s Hockey World Cup at Kalinga Stadium here on Tuesday.

Three goals in the span of nine minutes by Jake Whetton (in the 47th minute), Blake Govers (in 50th) and Corey Weyer (in 56th), helped Australia retain their top spot in Pool B.

England began the proceedings for the first quarter. Both the sides had equal possession but did not result in any goal. Australia will next clash with China, while England will lock horns with Ireland in their final Pool B league on December 7.

China hold Ireland to 1-1 draw

China sprang yet another surprise by holding higher-ranked Ireland to a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the other Pool B match.

Jin Guo scored from a penalty corner for China in the 43rd minute before Ireland’s Alan Sothern drew parity in the very next minute. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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