WORLD CUP HOCKEY -INDIA LOSE AGAINST BELGIUM &ENGLAND
India crashed to their second defeat in the men’s hockey World Cup by conceding a late goal yet again to go down 1-2 against
England at the Kyocera Stadium here today. India had lost their opening game against Belgium 2-3 after conceding a goal with seconds left to the final hooter. England opened the scoring in the 26th minute through Mark Gleghorne’s penalty corner conversion, and India equalised through Dharamvir Singh in the 30th minute. England prevailed through a 69th-minute penalty corner rebound conversion by Simon Mantell. India had an equal run of play against England, and even saw a penalty stroke being cancelled, paving the way for England’s victory. Ashley Jackson’s penalty corner shot was blocked by goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh, but Mantell capitalised on the rebound by sending a diagonal reverse shot into the net to leave the Indian players crestfallen in the dying moments of the game.
Australia started their World Cup Campaign in style as they defeated Spain 3-0 and are at the top of the Group A table with six points from two successive wins against Malaysia and Spain.