In the hockey world cup being played in Buenos Aires, Pakistan has emerged as the favourite to win the title.
In the hockey world cup being played in Buenos Aires, Pakistan has emerged as the favourite to win the title. In the first round of the finals, the Pakistanis defeated Ireland nine goals to nil. In another first-round match on Monday (20 March), Australia scored a two-nil victory against England.
SYNOPSIS: From the start of the match, the Australians showed greater determination to win, Soon after bully-off, the Australians, in orange shirts, were awarded the first free shot. It was the first of many. Spectators and sports commentators said the English team were playing too defensively. But the English game was not without spirit. A shot for goal is just saved by the Australian 'keeper, whose arm was slightly hurt in the crush of players.
It was not a serious injury, and the Australian forwards were soon going for the English goal, but this time unsuccessfully. They had better luck with a short corner, and scored the first goal of the match.
Australia was soon into attack again, and one of the English defenders fouled the ball with his foot. That meant another free shot for the Australians.
Sporting writers said England appeared to be playing in the hope of a draw, rather than in the expectation of victory. There were too many missed shots for goal, but Australia also found difficulty in placing the ball. The English goalkeeper was given plenty of work.
Another corner for Australia, but they failed to score. The English captain, Bernard Cotton, said that, despite the two-nil defeat, he was not unhappy with the result and expected to do well in the rest of the series.