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Pakistan’s dismal show at Champions Trophy continues

December 06, 2011

Swann (R), Doerner (C), Rizwan Junior (L) and Khan (2nd L) vie for the ball in Auckland.—AFP

AUCKLAND: Australia beat Pakistan and the Netherlands drew with New Zealand to remain unbeaten at the end of pool play at the Champions Trophy men's field hockey tournament.

Captain Jamie Dwyer scored a hat trick, taking his tally of goals for the tournament to six, as World No. 1 and defending champion Australia beat Pakistan 6-1 to top Pool A. The win was Australia's largest over Pakistan in a world-level event.

New Zealand captain Dean Couzins scored from a penalty stroke with two minutes left to earn New Zealand a 3-3 draw with the Netherlands and second place in Pool B. The Netherlands topped the pool with two wins and a draw.

Spain beat Britain 8-1 to take second place in Pool A while South Korea and Germany drew 3-3.