England two good for India in HWL opener
The visitors took the lead in the England score in the 28th minute as their penalty corner specialist Adam Dixon pushed home for 1-0.
First day, first blow: England’s Adam Dixon (second from right) celebrates his goal against India in their Hockey World League match at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi yesterday. England won 2-0.
Dixon doubled the lead in the second half again off a penalty corner. England went 2-0 with 25 minutes of play remaining. India tried hard to fight back and even scored off a penalty corner. However, drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh’s goal was disallowed as the ball was not stopped appropriately before the drag-flick was taken.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, World No 11 Argentina outclassed London Olympic silver medallists Netherlands 5-2 in Pool A, while in Pool B, Germany beat New Zealand 6-1 and World No 2 Australia edged past Belgium 3-2.
India take on NZ tomorrow, while Belgium face Argentina, Netherlands play Australia and England meet Germany.