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Hockey World Cup: Australia have it easy with 3-0 win over Spain

Holders Australia stayed atop their group by posting their second straight victory, defeating Spain 3-0 at the Kyocera Stadium.

Spain’s Xavier Lleonart (left) vies for the ball with Australia's Simon Orchard during their World Cup match yesterday. Pic/AFP
Spain’s Xavier Lleonart (left) vies for the ball with Australia's Simon Orchard during their World Cup match yesterday. Pic/AFP 

Two early goals put the Australians in a commanding position from which the Spaniards could not dislodge them. Spain have just one point from two games after holding England to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Timothy Deavin opened the scoring for Australia in the second minute in open play and captain Mark Knowles increased the lead in the 10th minute by deftly flicking in a penalty stroke.

Spain's defenders then held on against repeated raids and created a few openings themselves before Australia rounded off the scoring in the 33rd minute on a penalty corner conversion by Kieran Govers.

Oz women win too
Meanwhile, in the women's section Australia defeated Japan 3-2 in a keenly-contested match to register their second successive victory in Group A. It was Japan who opened the scoring with Yuri Nagai surprising the Australian defence.

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