SANTIAGO, March 3: Britain and India both made it two wins out of two in the Olympic Games qualifier here on Sunday as they headed for a showdown on Thursday.

Six teams are involved in the tournament but there is just one place available at the Olympic tournament in Beijing in August going to the winner.

Britain set the pace by cruising to a second comfortable win with a 8-0 victory over Russia. This followed a 11-0 rout of Mexico on the opening day.

Barry Middleton, Matt Daly and Glenn Kirkham all scored twice with James Tindall and Mark Ralph also getting their names on the scoresheet.

Eight-time Olympic champions India then drew level with a 7-3 triumph over Austria to go with their 8-0 demolition of Russia on Saturday.

The Austrians took a shock lead through Robert Buchta in the second minute, but India soon equalized on a penalty corner by Dilip Tirkey.

Tirkey added another penalty corner, but the Austrians drew level through Christian Minar and it stayed that way until half-time.

India then dominated the second half with goals from Ignace Tirkey, Shivendra Singh (2), Bharath and Rajpal Singh. Minar scored a consolation third for the Austrians.

In the day’s other match, hosts Chile bounced back from their shock 4-3 loss to Austria on Saturday to beat Mexico 4-0.— AFP


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