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England beat India to reach semis

FIH World Cup 2010
Dates:
28 Feb-13 March Venue: Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi
Coverage: Live coverage of England's semi-final on the BBC Red Button on Thursday, 11 March. Daily video highlights of all games on website (available to all users)

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Hockey highlights - India 2-3 England

England beat India 3-2 to maintain their 100% record from four matches and reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

James Tindall scored after 16 minutes to put England 1-0 up at half-time.

Ashley Jackson's scorching shot from the edge of the area doubled their lead before his second goal made it 3-0.

The hosts fought back well with goals from Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Rajpal Singh, but England, who play Spain on Monday before Thursday's semi, held on.

Victory maintains England's dominant form at the tournament, providing further optimism that they can match or surpass their achievement of 1986, when they lost in the final to Australia, two years before going on to win Olympic gold in 1988.

Now we must enter the final and then win the World Cup

England head coach Jason Lee

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," said captain Barry Middleton. "Reaching the semi-finals is unbelievable.

"That was one of the best games I've ever been involved in and I'm just so proud of our players."

Defeat put India out of contention after their third defeat of the competition.

The hosts had their fair share of chances, however, and should have drawn level right at the death but Singh missed a clear opportunity on the goal-line.

England, the European champions, proved more clinical, taking their chances well either side of the break.

Tindall was central to England's attack, scoring his third of the tournament in the first half.

606: DEBATE

Jackson was also busy throughout and scored for the fourth game in a row with a smartly-taken finish from a penalty corner after 43 minutes.

Four minutes later, with some help from the Indian defence, Jackson netted again.

Chandi and Singh capitalised on some smart counter-attacking by India to haul them back into contention, but they were unable to level the game as England closed out well.

"We obviously came here to reach the semi-finals, so one of our three goals has been achieved," said English coach Jason Lee.

"Now we must enter the final and then win the World Cup.

"This is a sort of revival of English hockey. The first big step was beating Germany in the Euro final last year."

Meanwhile, favourites Australia earlier beat Olympic silver-medallists Spain 2-1 to put themselves in line for the second semi-final spot in the group.

The Kookaburras lie three points behind England and can only miss out if they lose to Pakistan by a big margin and Spain hammer England in the last group B matches on Monday.

You can watch live coverage of England's semi-final on Thursday, 11 March on the Red Button.



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