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Injury to Richard Mantell spoils England World Cup win

FIH World Cup 2010
Dates:
28 Feb-13 March Venue: Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi
Coverage: Daily video highlights of all games at bbc.co.uk/sport (available to all users); reports on every England match

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Jonty Clarke and Barry Middleton both scored twice but an injury to Richard Mantell overshadowed England's 5-2 World Cup Pool B win over Pakistan.

Mantell suffered a dislocated and fractured right ankle in the second half, although England recovered to record their third win in three games.

Clarke's superb sliding effort and an Ashley Jackson strike had put England 2-0 up before Pakistan levelled.

Two late goals by Middleton and one by Clarke sealed the victory in Delhi.

England, who beat tournament favourites Australia and South Africa in their opening two matches, lead Pool B by three points and have matches against hosts India and Olympic silver medallists Spain to come.

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But the loss of key player Mantell, the side's penalty corner specialist is a massive blow with England currently in a great position to reach the semi-finals.

The defender was stretchered off and taken to hospital after an accidental collision with Muhammad Irfan during the build-up to Pakistan's second goal.

He has since been released from hospital and will return to the United Kingdom ahead of surgery on Monday.

Team manager Andy Halliday said he was delighted with the performance, particularly in the final 20 minutes.

"In the first half we took all that Pakistan threw at us and scored two cracking counter attacking goals," he said.

"In the second half, Pakistan battled back into it, and then we lost Rich.

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"In that phase of the game they put us under intense pressure and to battle back like we did after losing a key player was absolutely outstanding."

The European champions began brightly, with James Tindall having an early goal ruled out after a referral to the video umpire showed he had raised the stick above his head to hook the ball home.

But Tindall made amends when he set up Clarke for a superb sliding effort into the roof of the net to put England in front.

Four minutes before half-time, Jackson doubled England's lead when he nipped in on the left-hand side to steer home a fierce cross-field pass from outside the area.

Pakistan upped the pressure after the break and eventually got their deserved reward when Shakeel Abassi picked his way through a string of challenges to bury the ball in the right-hand corner.

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Within minutes they were level as Reehan Butt poked home from close range following a penalty corner, a sequence of events that resulted in Mantell being carried off.

In an increasingly fractious match, Iain Mackay was sent to the stands for five minutes for a shove on Irfan but the one-man disadvantage did not prevent England regaining the lead, with captain Middleton netting from close range.

Clarke's angled shot made it 4-2 then he set up Middleton for his second goal.

Earlier, Australia set a new World Cup record with their 12-0 win over South Africa.

Australia, who led 5-0 at half-time, surpassed Pakistan's 12-3 romp over New Zealand in the 1982 tournament in Mumbai.

Spain moved up to six points with their 5-2 win over India in the final match of the day.


England: Fair (Cannock), Hawes (Surbiton), Mantell (Reading), Smith (Loughborough Students), Wilson (Beeston), Jackson (HGC), Kirkham (East Grinstead), Moore (Surbiton), Mackay (Reading), Middleton (capt, HGC), Tindall (Surbiton).

Substitutes: Alexander (Surbiton), Brogdon (Bowdon), Catlin (Loughborough Students), Clarke (Reading), Dixon (Beeston).

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see also
England pip S Africa at World Cup
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England stun Aussies at World Cup
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Injured Mantell out of World Cup
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Hockey's new golden age?
04 Sep 09 |  Hockey
India assures teams over safety
17 Feb 10 |  Hockey
England fear World Cup readiness
15 Jan 10 |  Hockey


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