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Jeremy Haywards' double give Australia first win in Champions Trophy

Jeremy Hayward's twin strike helped world champions Australia register their first win in the tournament when they beat Asian Games silver medallist Pakistan 3-0 in their final Pool A match of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey, here on Tuesday.

Jeremy Haywards' double give Australia first win in Champions Trophy

Bhubaneswar: Jeremy Hayward's twin strike helped world champions Australia register their first win in the tournament when they beat Asian Games silver medallist Pakistan 3-0 in their final Pool A match of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey, here on Tuesday.

The win hardly made any difference to the final standings as Australia, with four points from a victory and a draw, finished on third position in Pool A behind leaders England and second-placed Belgium.

Pakistan dismal show continued as they slumped to their third straight defeat in the elite eight-nation tournament.

While Hayward (23rd and 54th minutes) converted two penalty corners for Australia, the other goal was a field effort from Jacob Whetton in the 59th minute.

When Pakistan had the first real scoring chance, Muhammad Arslan Qadir hit the outside of the goal following Muhammad Dilber's great delivery.

After a barren first quarter, Australia finally broke the deadlock when Hayward scored from a penalty corner rebound.

Thereafter, Australia came close through Chris Ciriello and Whetton but failed to increase their lead.

Simon Orchard was then denied by Pakistan goalie Imran Butt before Matt Gohdes failed to get the ball past the defender on the line with the follow-up.

Trailing, Pakistan started to build attacks in the final quarter in search of the equaliser but could not find the back of the net.

Pakistan's hopes of a comeback were dashed when Hayward flicked home his second from a penalty corner with seven minutes remaining before Whetton sealed the match for his side 90 seconds from the final hooter.

From Zee News

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