Friday, March 5, 2010

A South African massacre!

At the Hero Honda FIH World Cup 2010 in Delhi, England and Spain were impressive and won over Pakistan and India on similar scores (5-2), while Australia crushed South Africa (12-0)

Game 13 – South Africa v. Australia: 0-12 (half-time: 0-5)

The first game of the day was between South Africa and Australia, a first in World Cup history. The last time these teams met was at the 2008 Olympic Games, when Australia crushed South Africa (10-0), and the last time the African Champions won over the Kookaburras was at the 1998 Commonwealth Games (3-2). Australia opened the competition with a loss to England (2-3) but came back to beat India (5-2), while South Africa were still chasing their first point.

Match facts (South Africa v. Australia):

> The Kookaburras recorded the biggest ever win in World Cup history beating South Africa 12-0.
> The biggest World Cup winning margin till today was 9 goals.
> Australia also equalled Pakistan’s 28-year-old World Cup record for most goals scored in a match by a single team (12).
> In 1982 Pakistan defeated New Zealand 12-3.
> At the 2008 Olympic Games, Australia had crushed South Africa 10-0.

Game 14 – England v. Pakistan: 5-2 (half-time: 2-0)

England, unbeaten so far in the competition, started with a bang and thought that they had taken the lead in the third minute when Iain MACKAY batted into goal a ball lifted into the circle by a Pakistani defender, however the goal was disallowed by the video-umpire after a lengthy review.

Match facts (England v. Pakistan):

> England beat Pakistan by three goals their biggest winning margin over Pakistan in World Cup competition.
> England have won 4 of their 8 World Cup matches against Pakistan, drawing 2 and losing 2.
> England go top in Pool B with 9 points from 3 matches.
> Eight England players have now scored at least once at the 2010 World Cup.
> Ashley Jackson is now on three goals in this world Cup.

Game 15 – Spain v. India: 5-2 (half-time: 2-0)

The last game of the day between Spain and host India started in the usual boisterous atmosphere. The pundits have been harsh towards the Indian team after their severe loss to Australia, but the crowd in the stadium was as devoted as ever, screaming their hope each time an Indian player was moving forward.

Match facts (Spain v. India):

> Spain beat India 5-2 to collect their second win at the 2010 World Cup.
> Today’s 5 goals equalled Spain’s scoring record in World Cup matches. They also scored five times in 1973 (5-0 vs Belgium) and 2002 (5-1 vs Japan).
> Spain join Australia on 6 points from 3 matches. Only England (9 points) did better in Pool B.
> India and Pakistan are on three points from 3 matches.
> This match saw three goals being scored in three minutes time (41’, 42’, 43’). This marks the fastest set of three goals at the 2010 World Cup.
> The South Africa – England (4-6) match saw three goals being scored in four minutes time (50’, 51’, 53’).
> Albert Sala’s goal was the first for Spain in a WC match against India in 24 years.
> Pablo Amat netted once. He has now scored in all four World Cup editions since 1998. The only other player to have scored in ever WC since 1998 is Sohail Abbas (PAK).

South Africa v. Australia 0:12 (0:5)
AUS 15mn Luke DOERNER (PC) 0:1
AUS 21mn Glenn TURNER (FG) 0:2
AUS 26mn Desmond ABBOTT (FG) 0:3
AUS 34mn Luke DOERNER (PC) 0:4
AUS 35+mn Fergus KAVANAGH (PC) 0:5
AUS 44mn Matthew BUTTURINI (FG) 0:6
AUS 49mn Luke DOERNER (PC) 0:7
AUS 52mn Jamie DWYER (FG) 0:8
AUS 54mn Jamie DWYER (FG) 0:9
AUS 61mn Glenn TURNER (FG) 0:10
AUS 65mn Jamie DWYER (FG) 0:11
AUS 68mn Luke DOERNER (PC) 0:12

England v. Pakistan 5:2 (0:2)
ENG 21mn Jonty CLARKE (FG) 1:0
ENG 32mn Ashley JACKSON (FG) 2:0
PAK 45mn Shakeel ABBASI (FG) 2:1
PAK 48mn Rehan BUTT (PC) 2:2
ENG 53mn Barry MIDDLETON (FG) 3:2
ENG 62mn Jonty CLARKE (FG) 4:2
ENG 64mn Barry MIDDLETON (FG) 5:2

Spain v. India 5:2 (2:0)
ESP 19mn Albert SALA (FG) 1:0
ESP 35mn Pol AMAT (FG) 2:0
IND 39mn Sandeep SINGH (PC) 2:1
ESP 41mn Pau QUEMADA (PC) 3:1
ESP 42mn Roc OLIVA (FG) 4:1
IND 43mn Gurwinder Singh CHANDI (FG) 4:2
ESP 67mn Pau QUEMADA (FG) 5:2

Pool Standings:
Pool A: 1) Netherlands 6 pts 2) Germany 4 pts (+6) 3) Korea 4 pts (+1) 4) New Zealand 3pts 5) Argentina 0 pt (-4) 6) Canada 0 pt (-7)
Pool B: 1) England 9 pts 2) Australia 6 pts (+14) 3) Spain 6 pts (+4) 4) India 3 pts (-3) 5) Pakistan 3 pts (-5) 6) South Africa 0 pt