Hockey World cup 2018: Australia score three late goals to beat England

Hockey players of England and Australia in action during a game. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 04, 2018, 09.10 PM (IST)

Two-time defending champions Australia scored three goals in the fourth and final quarter to beat England by a comfortable 3-0 margin and register their second consecutive win in Pool B at the men's hockey World Cup on Tuesday. 

The win took Australia to the top of Pool B with six points from two games and virtually secured their place in the quarterfinals of the 16-team event.  The Kookaburras had earlier defeated Ireland 2-1 in their tournament opener. 

For England, the loss was a major setback after the 2-2 draw against debutants China in the opening game. 

England got their first penalty corner a minute away from halftime but wasted the chance as both the teams failed to break the deadlock in the opening two quarters. 

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Australia will play China in their last pool match on December 7, while England will be up against neighbours Ireland.