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India concedes late winner in 2-1 loss to England

June 2, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — India conceded a late goal for the second time in the field hockey World Cup as it lost 2-1 to England Monday.

Simon Mantell was the hero for England, hitting a backhand winner with just over a minute to go.

“Those sort of goals are just hit it when you see it,” Mantell said of his strike.

Mark Gleghorne opened the scoring from a 27th-minute penalty corner but England’s lead only lasted three minutes before Dharamvir Singh levelled. India pushed for the winner, but it was Mantell who snatched all three points for England.

On Saturday, India conceded a last minute goal in a 3-2 loss to Belgium.

In other matches, Australia’s men and women both won, the men beating Spain 3-0 and the women having a tougher match against Japan before prevailing 3-2 with Anna Flanagan scoring two penalty corners.

Australia’s men top their group after two wins and have yet to concede a goal. Australia’s women also have two wins out of two but are second in their group behind Olympic champion the Netherlands, which easily beat Belgium 4-0 in the day’s last match.

It was the second lopsided win for the Dutch women, who thrashed Japan 6-1 in their tournament opener.

South Korea’s women registered their first win of the World Cup by edging New Zealand 1-0, while Belgium’s men made it two victories out of two by scoring three unanswered second-half goals against Malaysia to triumph 6-2.

Belgium striker Tom Boon scored four of the goals, underscoring his reputation as one of the top marksmen in world hockey.

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