In the hockey world cup being played in Buenos Aires, Pakistan has emerged as the favourite to win the title.
GV Bully-off at start of match and Australia awarded free shots... Australians in orange sweaters
SV PAN Crowd looks on
England attack for goal, come close to scoring. Ball saved by Australian goalkeeper
GV Referee talking to Australian goalkeeper, who has hurt arm
SV Australia attack and English forwards clear
GV Australia take short corner and score first goal. PAN TO referee (2 shots)
Bully-off...Australia attack...English defender fouls ball with his foot. Free shot awarded to Australia
SV England attack. Shot at goal misses
GV PAN Australia attack, shoot for goal, English goalkeeper saves
SV PAN Australia take long corner, shoot again, but miss goal
GV Australia attack through No. 15. Referee awards free shot but ball goes out of play
The England side did improve its performance after the loss to Australia, and went to a three-nil victory in a subsequent match against Poland. Also in later matches, Pakistan confirmed its place as favourite in the series, by defeating Italy seven-nil.
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Background: In the hockey world cup being played in Buenos Aires, Pakistan has emerged as the favourite to win the title. In the first round of the finals, the Pakistanis defeated Ireland nine goals to nil. In another first-round match on Monday (20 March), Australia scored a two-nil victory against England.
SYNOPSIS: From the start of the match, the Australians showed greater determination to win, Soon after bully-off, the Australians, in orange shirts, were awarded the first free shot. It was the first of many. Spectators and sports commentators said the English team were playing too defensively. But the English game was not without spirit. A shot for goal is just saved by the Australian 'keeper, whose arm was slightly hurt in the crush of players.
It was not a serious injury, and the Australian forwards were soon going for the English goal, but this time unsuccessfully. They had better luck with a short corner, and scored the first goal of the match.
Australia was soon into attack again, and one of the English defenders fouled the ball with his foot. That meant another free shot for the Australians.
Sporting writers said England appeared to be playing in the hope of a draw, rather than in the expectation of victory. There were too many missed shots for goal, but Australia also found difficulty in placing the ball. The English goalkeeper was given plenty of work.
Another corner for Australia, but they failed to score. The English captain, Bernard Cotton, said that, despite the two-nil defeat, he was not unhappy with the result and expected to do well in the rest of the series.