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DELHI, Oct 10: The final round of Pool matches took place in the 2010 Commonwealth Games men’s hockey competition on Sunday, with New Zealand, England, India and Australia battling their way into the Semi Finals.

England sealed their place in the Semi’s by defeating South Africa 2-1, thanks to James TINDALL’s fiftieth international goal, while a late Hayden SHAW penalty corner gave New Zealand’s Black Sticks a draw against Canada to confirm their appearance in the last four. 

The evening session witnessed two cracking matches. Australia ran riot against Malaysia with a 7-0 win to set up a Semi Final meeting with Oceania rivals New Zealand, while host nation India booked a Semi Final meeting with England after a crushing 7-2 win over Pakistan.

More information about these matches can be found below.

New Zealand and England through to semifinals
England and New Zealand are through to the Men's Semifinals after the afternoon session of  the Pool B preliminaries at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Sunday.

Men’s Pool B: England 2-1 South Africa
World cup semifinalists England warded off a tough fight from South Africa to progress courtesy of a late James TINDALL (ENG) goal. England took the lead through Ashley JACKSON (ENG) in the eighth minute. Although Taine PATON (RSA) equalised 10 minutes after half time, England won through to the semifinals after TINDALL edged a rebound into the net with four minutes remaining.

Men’s Pool B: New Zealand 1-1 Canada
With two minutes left on the clock, a penalty corner goal to Hayden SHAW (NZL) secured a semifinal berth for the Blacksticks, and relegated Canada to fourth-place in Pool B. Sukhwinder SINGH (CAN) scored Canada's lone goal in the 19th minute. With both teams getting a point for the 1-1 draw, New Zealand finish in second place in Pool B, on seven points, while Canada could only manage a total five points.

India and Australia through to men's semi-finals

Sunday’s evening session saw Australia and India win through to the men’s semifinals at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Men’s Pool A: Australia 7-0 Malaysia
Australia was dominant from the start against Malaysia, running away with a 7-0 win to progress through Pool A’s preliminary matches undefeated. Australia got the scoreboard ticking over quickly, and led 4-0 by half-time. Luke DOERNER (AUS) top-scored for the Aussies with three penalty corner strikes, his first slammed in after just five minutes.  Simon ORCHARD (AUS), Glenn TURNER (AUS), Chris CIRIELLO (AUS) and Eddie OCKENDEN (AUS) were the other Australian scorers. Australia will now face New Zealand in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Men’s Pool A: Pakistan 4-7 India
India got off to a cracking start, when penalty corner specialist Sandeep SINGH (IND) found the net in the fourth and 11th minutes for a 2-0 lead.  Shivendra SINGH (IND) scored his first of two then Saravanjit SINGH (IND) found the net to make it 4-0. Pakistan made a mini-comeback, netting goals in the 27th and 29th minutes, through Muhammad IMRAN (PAK) and Muhammad RIZWAN (PAK), for a 4-2 scoreline at half-time. Six minutes into the second half, Danish MUJTABA (IND) sent a penalty corner shot into the net. Dharamvir SINGH (IND) found the net minutes later, for a 6-2 advantage. Muhammad IRFAN (PAK), Shivendra SINGH (IND) and Shakeel ABBASI (PAK) rounded out the match at 7-4. India will now face England in the semifinals on Tuesday.


All official tournament information including match sheets, starting line-ups, tables and scorers can be found on the Commonwealth Games Results Website by clicking here.

Source material: Commonwealth Games News Service