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Updated: March 8, 2010 20:37 IST

Abbott brace takes Australia home

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TWO-GOAL HERO: Australia's Desmond Abbott scored a brace as Australia defeated Pakistan 2-1 in a Pool B encounter in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
The Hindu TWO-GOAL HERO: Australia's Desmond Abbott scored a brace as Australia defeated Pakistan 2-1 in a Pool B encounter in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Desmond Abbott scored two goals to lead Australia past Pakistan 2-1 and take top spot in Pool B of the men’s field hockey World Cup.

Australia, losing finalist in the last two World Cups in 2002 and 2006, tops the pool standings on goal difference after finishing level with England on 12 points from five matches.

Australia finishes with a positive goal difference of 17, while England’s dropped to 5 after it lost its last pool match 2-0 to Spain.

England qualified for the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 24 years.

Spain finished third in the pool with nine points, and Pakistan had three points.

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