It is the last day for pool A action at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 and the pool toppers have already been decided. Australia downed India 4-0 to perfect for five games while only conceding one goal and holding a +18 goal margin. Spain edged Malaysia in a heated contest. Gabriel Dabanch notched two to help Spain win 5-2. Also battling for key points in the pool are Belgium and England (19:45).
MEN Pool A: Australia v India 4-0 (4-0)
An explosive start by the world number one and reigning champions Australia cemented their position as pool A winners as they cracked in four goals to defeat India 4-0. But coach Ric Charlesworth was concerned to see his captain Mark Knowles leave the field on a stretcher following a neck injury sustained in a collision with an India player. The defeat for India means Terry Walsh's men are likely to finish fifth in the pool and they will face either Korea or South Africa for 9th/10th place. Australia will discover who they will face in the semi-finals on Tuesday with Argentina (who currently sit second in Pool B) the most likely candidates.
MEN Pool A: Spain v Malaysia 5-2 (2-1)
Gabriel Dabanch scored twice to help Spain cruise to a 5-2 win over Malaysia in a highly-charged Pool A encounter in the GreenFields Stadium. The result means that Spain finish 4th in Pool A and will play in the 7-8 Classification match against the team that finishes 4th in Pool B. That position is currently occupied by New Zealand's Black Sticks, but may change tomorrow when the final Pool B matches are played. Malaysia's 6th place finish means that they will compete in the 11th-12th place classification game against either Korea or South Africa.
MEN Pool A: Belgium v England 2-3 (1-1)
A penalty in the 66th minute gave England a hard-earned 3-2 victory over their European rivals Belgium in a thrilling match in the Kyocera Stadium. The result means England progress to the semi-finals where an encounter with the home nation, the Netherlands, awaits. For Belgium the result means a fifth/sixth classification match against New Zealand or Germany, depending on tomorrow's results.
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