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Hockey World Cup 2018: Australia thrashes China 11-0; England knocks out Ireland 4-2

Prime News, International and Nationa Sport, Hockey, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), December 8:- A brilliant performance saw Australia thrash China 11-0 in a Pool B match of the Men’s Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here on Friday.

Blake Govers scored a hat-trick (10th minute, 19th and 34th), Tim Brand (33rd, 55th) scored a brace, while goals from Flynn Ogilvie (49th), Jake Whetton (29th), Aran Zalewski (15th), Tom Craig (16th), Dylan Wotherspoon (38th) and Jeremy Hayward (22nd) helped Australia get their second highest win.

Australia fell short of their own World Cup record of a 12-0 win against South Africa which they set in 2010. Australia is now sitting at the top of the group with nine points.

Right from the start, the Australians were on the mark and continued to press their opponent’s defence regularly which resulted in their massive win.

England knocks out Ireland 4-2

England knocked out Ireland in a thrilling 4-2 victory in their Pool B encounter to cruise past the knockout stages of the ongoing Men’s Hockey World Cup here on Friday.

In the first half, England took the lead when David Condon smashed the first goal for his team. Liam Ansell, on the other hand, continued his fine form by dribbling the ball and ensuring smart passes to his teammates to keep the Irish team at bay. He had a chance of scoring two goals, along with Mark Gleghorne, but their shots went off target.

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