Hockey: England pipped to top spot after loss to Spain

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England slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Spain in their final group match at the World Cup in New Delhi yesterday.

It was the European champions' first loss in the tournament and means they were pipped to top spot in Pool B by Australia, who beat Pakistan 2-1 in a pulsating match, in which Desmond Abbott scored twice.

Australia finished level with England on 12 points in the six-team pool, but topped the group on goal difference. Both England and Australia progress to Thursday's semi-finals. Pau Quemada and Eduard Tubau scored the goals for Spain, who finished third in the group.