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As it happened | Hockey World Cup: Australia beat France 3-0

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Dec 12, 2018, 08:32 PM IST

Flags of Australia and France. Photograph:(Twitter)

12 Dec 2018, 8:29 PM (IST)

Full time!

Australia have defeated France 3-0 to register 17th consecutive win in World Cup and also enter the semi-finals of this tournament. 

France were poor at defence and Australia made sure to take full advantage of it.



12 Dec 2018, 8:19 PM (IST)

France struggling to get hold of the ball. Australia have almost won the game. 

The winner of this game will take on winner of India vs Netherlands quartefinals tomorrow.


12 Dec 2018, 8:08 PM (IST)

It's getting hard for France to enter Australian circle. The defending champions are dominating the game. 

12 Dec 2018, 7:58 PM (IST)

Goal! Australia goals again on France goalpost.

Kookaburras got a Penalty Corner for back stick tackle which was converted to further dominate the game. 

Australia score through PC variation as Aran Zalewski put the ball back of the net.



12 Dec 2018, 7:51 PM (IST)

Australia changed their keeper during the break.

Earlier, Australia seemed to be in verge of their 17th consecutive World Cup victory with 2 goals but France need some tidy tackle in the opposition circle to turn the table.




12 Dec 2018, 7:24 PM (IST)


Penalty Corner for Australia and converted. Australia holding the ball, not giving the France possession has now double its lead. Blake Gover's drag flick beats the French goalkeeper.

Things are becoming difficult for France. They have to score to keeop the game alive. 

12 Dec 2018, 7:18 PM (IST)

France held the ball but not able to break into the Australian defence. The defencing champions lead by a gol as Q1 ends. 

France will be aiming to equalise before Australia doubles it. 



12 Dec 2018, 7:07 PM (IST)

Penalty Corner for Australia and converted. Hayward picks up to give France a jitter in the starting of the first quarter. 



12 Dec 2018, 6:57 PM (IST)

In the second quarterfinal match, world number one Australia will take on France in the second quarterfinals in Bhubaneswar. 

In the head-to-head comparisons, Australia won all the three matches played between them since 2013. When the two teams last met at World League 2017 Australia defeated 3-2. 

However, France qualified for the cross-over after they surprised Argentina with 5-3 win. 

Australia, on the other hand, are undefeated in Hockey World Cup 2018 as they won all the three league games comprehensively.