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It's Day 7 here in The Hague, Netherlands at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. The first match up for today in Pool A saw Belgium put out a spirited Spain team. Tanguy Cosyns buried two penalty corners for Belgium while Spain fought until the end under the leadership of captain Santi Freixa. India edged Malaysia 3-2 thanks to a two-goal performance from Akashdeep Singh. Also playing today are England and Australia (16:00 CET).

POOL STANDINGS


MEN Pool A: Spain v Belgium 2-5 (0-3)

In a feisty game that saw three yellow cards, five goals and an interminable number of referrals, Belgium cemented their reputation as a goal-scoring nation with a 2-5 win over a battling Spanish team.

Proving that they are not a one-man scoring team, Tanguy Cosyns, Alexandre de Saedeleer and John-John Dohmen all got their names on the score-sheet, with Cosyns scoring twice, both times spectacularly well-taken penalty corners. Although Spain scored two late consolation goals in the 58th and 66th minutes, through Eduard Tubau and captain Santi Freixa, the match was already beyond them.

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MEN Pool A: India v Malaysia 3-2 (1-0)

Akashdeep Singh scored two superb second half goals to help India claim a 3-2 win over Asian rivals Malaysia in front of yet another big crowd at a sun-drenched GreenFields Stadium. The result gives India their first win of the tournament and takes their Pool A tally to four points, moving them up to fourth place in the standings. Malaysia sit at the bottom of the pool and remain without a point.  

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MEN Pool A: England v Australia 0-5 (0-3)

The game was just 24 seconds old when Australia opened their account against England in the third pool B match of the day. Matt Gohdes took advantage of a turnover by GlennTurner and slammed the ball past George Pinner in the England goal to signal the start of a 5-0 demolition job that left England stunned and demoralised.

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