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India suffer World Cup hockey setback

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Hockey World Cup - India 2-5 Australia

India suffered a setback in their campaign for the men's field hockey World Cup in Delhi when they went down 5-2 to Australia.

Australia's Glenn Turner led with two goals. Liam de Young, Desmond Abbott and Like Doerner scored one goal each.

Vikram Pillay and captain Rajpal Singh reduced the margin for India.

Pakistan overcame a 4-1 loss to India in their tournament opener to pip Olympic silver medallists Spain 2-1.

India had begun on a rousing note on Monday, beating arch-rivals Pakistan 4-1.

But, against Australia, Indians found the fast-paced attack "too hot to handle," as one newspaper said.

For Australians, it was a return to form after suffering from a stunning defeat at the hands of England in the opener.

"It's a great relief to win this game after losing the first in a disappointing manner," Australian captain Jamie Dwyer was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

"It's good to play the way we normally do."

India coach Jose Brasa said lapses in the team's defence led to the conceding of three early goals.

They were in a different league as far as fitness and speed was concerned," Brasa said.

"They scored early goals after stupid faults by our defenders."

Pakistan overcame a 4-1 loss to India in their tournament opener to pip Olympic silver-medallists Spain 2-1 and earn their first points in the 12-nation tournament.



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