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Hockey battles for pools three and four


Pakistan did not have everything their own way against a spirited Canada, but still came through with a 2-0 win to collect a maximum nine points in Pool 4 of the menís competition.


Pool winners Pakistan

As Pool winners, they now have automatic qualification for the semi-finals on Friday.

Rivals will take note of another demonstration of short-corner marksmanship by the redoubtable Sohail Abbas. He took three corners, missed with one, hit the bar with his next and then fizzed home the third to sew up the match following a goal by Muhammad Saqlain.

Defeat for Canada left them with just one point from their three games, but thanks to a marginally better goal difference than Wales, finished third to earn a crossover game against New Zealand.

Wales were never really in the hunt against England in the other Pool 4 game, losing 5-0 to finish bottom of the group and go into a fixture with Barbados to decide seventh and eighth places.

Skipper Craig Parnham scored twice with penalty flicks. David Mathews scored the opening goal but had to be taken off with a hamstring injury and was having a scan at the Games village to decide his fitness to continue in the competition.

Englandís other scorers were Jon Wyatt and Mark Pearn to help their team into a qualification match against South Africa.

In Pool 3, Australia, as expected, ran up a big score against Barbados, winning 20-1. The Caribbean team conceded a total of 43 goals in their three games and had the added misery in this one of having to play at one stage in torrential rain which eventually forced a 10-minute break when the pitch became flooded.

New Zealand overpowered South Africa in the other pool game, thanks to the accurate and cunning short corners of Hayden Shaw.

The 21-year-old defender crashed in three corners and converted a penalty stroke which, with a goal from Simon Towns, gave them a 5-2 win.

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