Hockey World Cup 2018: Australia thrashes hapless China, England beats Ireland

World champion Australia routed China 11-0, but the latter made it to the next stage after England beat neighbour Ireland 4-2 to reach the cross over of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar.

In the first match of the day, defending champion Australia smashed eleven goals without a reply past a hapless China to top Pool B and enter the quarterfinals undefeated. Blake Govers scored a hat-trick (10',19',34') to top the tournament scoring charts with five goals. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Flynn Ogilvie also got on the scoresheet alongside Tom Craig (16'), Jeremy Hayward (22'), Tim Brand (33') with a finish at the near post in the 49th minute. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Jake Whetton joined the party for the World No.1 with an easy finish in the 29th minute while Dylan Wotherspoon (38'), Tim Brand (55') got Australia close to beating its record for the biggest win in World Cup history when it beat South Africa 12-0 in 2010, New Delhi. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
In a must-win match against neighbour Ireland, England opened the scoring through 15th minute goal by David Condon. (FIH Twitter) Photo: FIH Twitter
In the very next minute, James Gall added England's third to cap off a pulsating third quarter where four goals were scored in the space of three minutes. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Ireland levelled things after Chris Cargo capitalised on a defensive error from England to finish from close range in the 35th minute. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
In the 37th minute, Liam Ansell replied with a goal at the other end and put England back in the lead, but Ireland was far from done. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
In the same minute, Ireland won a penalty corner and made it 2-2 through Shane O'Donoghue's dragflick took a deflection from England's first runner and beat the goalkeeper. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Ireland threw everything it had by sending in a 11th outfield player. But an yellow card for Paul Gleghorne in the final minute followed by a penalty corner goal from England without a goalkeeper to defend, ended the Green Machine's World Cup campaign with a 4-2 defeat. China progressed at the cost of the World No. 10. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images