There goes the final hooter. China have restricted England on a draw. 2-2. This is the shocker of the tournament. Hand it to the Chinese. They played out of their skins and they deserve the draw.
Defending champions Australia registered a convincing 2-1 victory over Ireland in their first Pool B match of the ongoing 14th edition of the Men's Hockey World Cup here at the Kalinga Stadium on Friday.
Australia, who are one of the favorites to win this prestigious tournament, were expected to play a dominant game with the lower ranked Ireland and so they did. In the very first minute of the match, Australian players were inside the Ireland D but the Irish defenders did a good job to deflate the attack.
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The world number side continued to attack the Irish goal post and all their attempts reaped fruit in the eleventh minute of the match when they got their first penalty corner. Their forward player Blake Govers made a stunning strike to score the first goal for his side.
After a couple of minutes, Ireland struck back as they scored an equalizer in the 13th minute of the match. Irish forward player Shane O'Donoghue pounced on to a pass from Eugene Magee and made hit a beautiful stroke with an absolute precision to make it 1-1 by the end of the first quarter.