Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: Australia annihilates China 11-0

Hockey World Cup 2018: Australia vs China: Blake Govers scores a hat-trick, Flynn Ogilvie scores a brace, while goals from Jake Whetton, Aran Zalewski, Tom Craig, Dylan Wotherspoon and Jeremy Hayward make it a 11-0 win for the Kookaburras in the final Pool B match at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

Australia routed England 3-0 in the second match to book a place in the quarterfinals.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Welcome to Sportstar's minute-by-minute commentary of the Hockey World Cup 2018 Pool B match of Australia vs China.


FULL-TIME: Australia 11-0 China

The Aussies fall short of their own World Cup record of 12-0 win against South Africa in 2010, New Delhi. Kookaburras top Pool B with three wins and nine points.


Fourth Quarter

59' The Kookaburras are just chasing the big record now as goalkeeper Tyler Lovell is taken off for an eleventh outfield player.

58' Matthew Swann, who was at his mercurial best against England with a man of the match performance, is seen on the left win for the first time in the second half.

55' BRAND ADDS ANOTHER ONE! Tim Brand just rolls the ball into an empty net and China will be hoping the clock to run out as soon as possible. China has done marginally well in this final quarter but has no chances of getting near the penalty area.

52' A sigh of relief for China, which wins a penalty corner for the first time in this match after the previous corner was overturned by the third umpire. The dragflick finally gets China's first shot on the goal but not on the scoresheet as Andrew Charter makes an easy save.

49' TWO CLOSER TO THE ALL-TIME RECORD! China's optimism of holding the three-time champion after a keeper substitution last for four minutes. A defensive mix-up results in Flynn Oglivie receiving the ball standing in front of the goal and the midfielder smashes home.

47' Meng Dihao does well to bring out the ball from outside the penalty are after substitute keeper Ao Zhiwei makes a save.

Third Quarter

Trivia: Australia holds the record for victory by the biggest margin at the World Cup --- a 12-0 win over South Africa in 2010, New Delhi.


44' Matt Dawson with a brilliant interception to keep out a rare Chinese attack. The defender dives to his left to stop a cross from the left flank. China has 44% possession, but so far has yielded to zero shots on goal.

38' WOTHERSPOON JOINS THE PARTY! It is the ninth goal for the World Champion and Dylan Wotherspoon is the seventh different scorer for the Kookaburras in this match. China still has no answers.


34' HAT-TRICK FOR GOVERS! The minnows fail to take a free hit as Jeremy Hayward pounces on a loose ball just outside the penalty are and passes it to Blake Govers, who smashes it past a helpless Wang Caiyu to complete his hattrick!

33' COMPLETE ANNIHILATION! Australia complete a round of passes which represents a training drill as Flynn Ogilvie finishes into an unguarded net after being left unmarked inside the circle. Australia 7-0.

HALF-TIME: Australia 6-0 China

Second Quarter

29' WHETTON ADDS THE SIXTH! The World No. 1 team is having fun at the expense of China. Eddie Ockenden and Blake Govers put Jake Whetton through to the goal with just the goalkeeper to beat and the forward does the job with ease.


25' China has its 2nd circle entry in the match, while Australia already has 22 circle penetrations so far.

22' HAYWARD ADDS THE FIFTH! After winning three penalty corners in a row, Jeremy Hayward places his penalty corner into the bottom right corner. Australia 5-0!

19' SECOND GOAL FOR GOVERS! The star forward scores his second of the match and fourth of the #HWC2018 with a similar effort as his opening goal in the 10th minute.

16' AUSTRALIA 3-0! The Aussies are just toying with China. After an initial attempt being blocked, Tom Craig finishes from close range after Matt Dawson and Flynn Ogilvie exchange one-touch passes on the left side.


First Quarter

15' GOAL AUSTRALIA! Jeremy Hayward's dragflick is saved well by Chinese goal keeper Wang Caiyu, but Dylan Wotherspoon latches on to the rebound and cuts a pass to captain Aran Zalewski who finishes at the far post.


14' Flynn Ogilvie reaches the baseline with a run on the right side, but Du Talake manages to come up a clean tackle to dispossess him.

10' AUSTRALIA SCORES! Blake Govers opens the scoring for the Kookaburras with a superb dragflick into the roof of the net.

9' Guan Quyang tries to dribble through the left flank but Australia regains possession and wins a penalty corner through Jake Harvie.

Trivia: China's Du Talake scored 21 off the team's 34 dragflicks in the past four years.

5' China sees the ball for the first time in the match, but its last for less than a minute as Australia breaks away with pace and wins a penalty corner. But China reviews the decision and third umpires declares that the ball has hit an Australian foot first.

3' Blake Govers flashes a cross across the goal, while Matthew Swann wins a free hit for the Aussies on the edge of the dotted line.

1' We are off for the final round of Pool B matches of the #HWC2018 at the Kalinga Stadium.

The players are on the pitch for the national anthems.

  • Australia and China have played each other only once --in the Round Robin match of the 2014 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup where the World Champion beat China 7-0.
  • This is China's first appearance at the FIH Hockey World Cup.
  • Australia holds the joint record for most consecutive victories at the World Cup alongside four-time winner Pakistan---15.