Hockey World Cup: Holland beat India 6-1
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Hockey World Cup: Holland beat India 6-1

India suffered ignominy once again as they lost 1-6 to the Netherlands in their last pool B match.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 04:52 IST

India suffered ignominy once again as they lost 1-6 to the Netherlands in their last pool B match of the men's hockey World Cup here on Tuesday.

Taeke Taekema turned out to be a nemesis for India as he pumped in five and Roderick Weusthof scored the other one via penalty corner.

Taekema scored four goals from penalty corner and one via a penalty stroke. For India Dillip Tirkey scored the solitary goal.

In other matches, Japan finally won their first game of the tournament as they defeated Argentina 4-3 in a Group A match.

Akira Ito gave the Asians the lead in the seventh minute with a tap in after a good cross into the circle.

Three minutes from the break Rodrigo Vila equalised for Argentina with his second shot after Japanese goalkeeper Hirofumi Miyoshi blocked his first effort. Vila added a second on the break from a penalty corner.

Japan then equalised in the 44th minute through Kazuyuki Ozawa who made the most of a defensive lapse in the Argentinian half to score from a loose ball.

The South American team regained the lead just two minutes later when Lucas Cammareri scored with a well-taken flick from a penalty corner.

On the hour Japan drew level after Hiroki Sakamoto and Kei Kawakami both came close, but in the end forced a penalty corner, from which Kazuhiro Tsubouchi found the net.

Any hopes Argentina had of still snatching a win were buried two minutes from the end when Ito scored his second to give his side a 4-3 victory.

Earlier Tuesday, defending champions Germany thrashed South Africa 5-0.

In another encounter, Australia became the first team to ensure a berth in the semi-finals with a 7-1 hammering of New Zealand. The win took the Olympic champions to nine points at the top of Pool A where they will finish at least second.

Jamie Dwyer got Australia off to a perfect start after just two minutes, but New Zealand were back on level terms after 20 minutes through Mitesh Patel.

Michael McCann put Australia back ahead on 26 in what was to be the start of a goal rush, with Troy Elder (32), Matthew Naylor (49), Travis Brooks (55), Dwyer (64) and Luke Doerner (66) all on target.

The Australians are a point ahead of Spain who are on eight points. Spain will join Australia in the round of the last four if they beat Japan in their final match Wednesday, while Pakistan, on five points, come up against Australia needing to get three points and hoping for a Japanese victory against Spain.

First Published: Sep 12, 2006 23:56 IST