Australian men consolidate position atop pool with second win

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 02, 2014, 18:54 PM IST

The Hague, (Netherlands): Holders Australia stayed atop their group in the men`s hockey World Cup by posting their second straight victory, defeating Spain 3-0 at the Kyocera Stadium here on Monday.

Two early goals put the Australians in a commanding position from which the Spaniards could not dislodge them.

Spain have just one point from two games after holding England to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Timothy Deavin opened the scoring for Australia in the second minute in open play and captain Mark Knowles increased the lead in the 10th minute by deftly flicking in a penalty stroke.

Spain`s defenders then held on against repeated raids and created a few openings themselves before Australia rounded off the scoring in the 33rd minute on a penalty corner conversion by Kieran Govers.

Australia lead the Group A with six points from two matches, while Belgium are in second place with three points from their first game against India, who will later today take on England.