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Bruised India look to avoid hat-trick of losses

india Updated: Mar 05, 2010 13:06 IST

A semi-final spot virtually out of their grasp after back-to-back defeats, India brace up for another tough battle when they take on a European champions England in their next pool B match of the hockey World Cup in New Delhi on Saturday.

India's dream of progressing to the last-four stage of the mega-event in front of home fans received a rude shock on Thursday when Spain demolished them 2-5 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.

The euphoria of the 4-1 win over Pakistan has all but settled after Australia and last night Spain gave the home team a reality check.

Even though Jose Brasa has introduced the Indians to the European style of hockey, the games against Australia and Spain has showed that India still have a long way to go when it comes to matching the European teams on the turf.

And England is no different and are probably playing the their best hockey in this tournament, remaining unbeaten so far in their three matches. One of their wins came against hot favourites Australia.

In the last two matches against Australia and Spain, India were outwitted by their opponents in pace and fitness and the hosts can expect a similar challenge from the Englishmen.