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Hockey Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Mathews injured as England win
England 5-0 Wales

England's Dave Mathews suffered an injury
Mathews could be ruled out of the tournament

An early Dave Mathews goal put England on the way to an emphatic win and a play-off against South Africa for a semi-final place.

Victory was never in doubt after Mathews opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a stinging shot from a difficult angle.

But the afternoon was marred by a hamstring injury to the Canterbury player that could see him out of the tournament.

"I felt like I'd been shot in the back of the leg," Mathews told the BBC afterwards.

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We played with a lot of enjoyment today
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Dave Mathews

"We're not sure of the extent of the injury but it could be six to eight weeks, or it could be three to four days."

Mathews early strike set a more confident England side on the way, and Mark Pearn went close two minutes later when he deflected the ball narrowly wide.

But the Reading player made no mistake in the 19th minute, sweeping home a Brett Garrard cross from close range.

An increasingly bad-tempered encounter was put beyond Wales when Craig Parnham scored penalty strokes in the 52nd and 59th minutes.

And after wasting seven penalty corners, Jon Wyatt finally converted from two yards out in the dying seconds to complete a satisfactory afternoon for England.

"We played with a lot of enjoyment today," said Mathews. "We were attacking like we know we can."

Pakistan 2-0 Canada

Pakistan clinched their place in the last four of the men's hockey but were made to battle hard for their win.

They led at half-time through Muhammad Saqlain's 20th-minute goal but had to wait until nine minutes from the end to wrap up the points.

Penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas finally found the net when he drag-flicked a set-piece into goalkeeper Mike Mahmood's bottom corner.

Canada will play-off against New Zealand for a place in the semi-finals.

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