Sun, Dec 02, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Aussies get Belgium scare as India surprise England

AFP, MELBOURNE, Australia

Jason Wilson of Australia, center, flicks the ball past Loick Luypaert, right, and Elliot van Strydonck of Belgium during their match yesterday in Melbourne, Australia.

Photo: AFP

Australia were pushed by Belgium as they set after a fifth straight title, while India upset England on the opening day of the men’s Champions Trophy in Melbourne yesterday.

In other pool games, Pakistan’s dream start turned into a nightmare as they fell 3-1 to the Netherlands, while Olympic champions Germany beat New Zealand 3-2.

Australia were pushed for their 4-2 win in Pool B, holding off the determined eighth-ranked Belgium.

In Belgium’s first-ever Champions Trophy match, it looked as though it could be a rout early on as Australia dominated the first half scoring two unanswered goals.

Despite conceding another goal after half-time Belgium hit back with Sebastian Dockier scoring twice to give them hope.

However, a late Chris Ciriello goal sealed victory for Australia.

Eleventh-ranked India came from behind to down fourth-ranked England 3-1 in Pool A.

After a muddling start, India controlled the remainder of the game against an inexperienced English side.

Pakistan began brightly against the Dutch, scoring the opening goal of the Pool B match, but succumbed to three unanswered goals by the classy Netherlands.

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