Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: Australia beats England 3-0

Hockey World Cup 2018: Australia vs England: A whirlwind final quarter saw Australia score three goals in the span of nine minutes to beat England 3-0 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

Jake Whetton celebrates the opening goal in the 47th minute against England.   -  Getty Images

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


FULL-TIME: Australia 3-0 England

Fourth Quarter

60' After a testing first half, Australia has come out on top in the third quarter and turned on the style in the final quarter and scored rapidly in the span of nine minutes to kill off the game.

59' Micheal Hoare comes up saves England the blushes of a fourth goal, with a timely clearance on the edge of the penalty area.

56' GOAL AUSTRALIA! This is Australia at its best and its Matthew Swann again who makes it happen with his mazy dribble on the right wing. England manages to clear the initial danger, but the loose ball falls for Corey Weyer who puts the ball into the net on the right corner.

53' The crowd has found its voice after the first goal as the noise levels go up again. Matthew Swann has the chief creator for the Kookaburras in this match and once again runs into the right side with the ball.

50' BLAKE GOVERS DOUBLES THE LEAD! Australia's patience pays off as Blake Govers, who failed to score in the first match, scores with a superb reverse hit with his back towards the goal after some good work by Eddie Ockenden.

47' GOAL AUSTRALIA! A superb run on the right by Tom Craig sees him set up Tom Whetton in the centre with a cut back from the baseline. Whetoon shoots at the left corner and finally Pinner is beaten.

Third Quarter

45' Matthew Swann hits a cross from the right side but it hits George Pinner, who makes a routine save.

43' Wotherspoon finds himself with space in front of the England goal, but misses a stationary ball completely with a wild swing. The Kookaburras cannot believe it.


41' It has not been a great tournament  for dragflickers, with just 14 of the 44 goals scored in the tournament have come from the penalty corners. This game has had 3 corners but none have been converted successfully.

37' Aran Zalewski plays a superb pass into the penalty area but England the steals the ball away and goes on a counter but is unable to make inroads into the Australian 'D' area.

35' Australia wins a penalty corner, Jeremy Hayward's draglick gets a stick deflection from England's runner and George Pinner gets down to his right to make a save.

Trivia: Three-time champion Australia has the most number of medals in Wolrd Cup with nine medals from 13 appearances.

31' England dominates the possession in the third period with Barry Middleton orchestrating the play in the middle.

HALF-TIME: Australia 0-0 England

Second Quarter

30' The intensity has gone up a notch in the second quarter with both teams coming close to scoring on multiple occasions but thanks to goalkeepers Tyler Lovell and George Pinner, who have a combined experience of 287 international matches, kept the scoreline level at 0-0.

29' Both goalkeepers are fire! Tyler Lovell shows supreme composure in making a double save to keep out Mark Gleghorne penalty corner.

28' Australia has two turnovers in its favour, but Tim Brand and Daniel Beale miss their chances to score with latter being denied by George Pinner's timely intervention.

27' England's Michael Hoare receives a free card for a stick check inside the cirlce.

25' Flynn Oglivie clutches his wrist in pain and is off the pitch. The Kookaburras win a free hit from 25 metres but Matthew Swann is unable to get to the baseline on the right side.

23' CLOSE! Jack Waller shows superb ball control to beat three defenders and passes it to Phil Roper at the far post. The final shot hits the woodwork and is deflected. The World champion survives.

21' Australia wins two back-to-back corners but Goerge Pinner makes three excellent saves, diving low to his right side to keep the ball out.

19' England is carrying the momentum from the first quarter as Zachary Wallace finds Jack Waller on the left flank, but Australian defenders work collectively to shake the forward off the ball.

Trivia: England coach Danny Kerry, has been the country's women's team coach for nine years and won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

16' There is very little that separates both teams after the first quarter with England having one shot on the goal and conceded 7 turnovers to Australia's 8.

First Quarter

14' England pressing in the final 25 metres has been excellent and has resulted in two good chances. Jack Waller tries to find Phiul Roper but Matthew Swann throws himself in the line to cut out the danger.

12' The first meaningful chance falsl for England as Middleton creates space on the left and unleashes a reverse hit, but Goerge Pinner--Australia's goalkeeper--reads it and sticks out his boot for a block.

9' It has been tale of misplaced crosses and bad ball control inside the penalty area at both ends. Both teams have almost equal possession, but it has not resulted in any shot on the goal.

Trivia: Australia's head coach Colin Batch was the member of the World Cup winning team in 1986 which beat England 2-1 in the final.

7' Liam Sanford strikes a pass from outside the final fourth but his pass is overhit and goes out of the play.

5' Australia takes the attacking route through left wing with Jake Harvie taking the midfield pass from Jake Whetton but is unable to get near the goal.

3' Here comes Australia's first attack. Matthew Swann controls a long ball from the midfield and hits it towards the centre, but there is no one to collect it.

Trivia: Australia's last loss in the World Cup came against England in 2010, New Delhi.

1' England begins the proceedings for the first quarter.

The players take to the pitch at the Kalinga Stadium for the national anthems!

Head-to-Head in World Cup: Total: 10 | Australia: 8 | England: 2

  • England qualified by finishing third at the World Hockey League Semi-final in London.
  • Australia enter the 2018 World Cup as the defending champion and the Continental champion of Oceania which helped China and France's qualification for the tournament.