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Mantell boosts English hopes

Simon Mantell hit a late winner as England's men's team beat India 2-1 to boost their Rabobank Hockey World Cup hopes in Holland.

England had begun their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Spain in the Hague and looked to be heading towards another stalemate, only for Mantell to strike with a reverse-stick finish with less than two minutes remaining.

Earlier, Mark Gleghorne had opened the scoring from a penalty corner on 27 minutes with a high effort that deceived the India goalkeeper.

But the lead was short-lived, Dharamvir Singh equalising three minutes later with a shot on the turn from the edge of the area through a crowd of players.

Neither side could make a further breakthrough until Mantell's timely effort, which leaves England now just two points behind Group A leaders Australia, who beat Spain 3-0 on Monday to make it two wins out of two.

The two teams will meet on June 7 in a clash which could go along way to deciding which of the pair progresses from Group A into the semi-finals.

Belgium, who beat India 3-2 in their opener, kept pace at the top of Group A with a 6-2 victory over Malaysia, Tom Boon scoring four goals.

In the women's tournament, Australia also head Group A with two wins out of two following a 3-2 victory over Japan.

South Korea, who had lost to Australia by the same scoreline in their opener, prevailed 1-0 in a tight game against New Zealand to earn their first points of their campaign.

In Group B, Netherlands made it two wins from two with a 4-0 success over Belgium.

Men's results: Australia 3-0 Spain, England 2-1 India, Malaysia 2-6 Belgium

Women's results: Australia 3-2 Japan, South Korea 1-0 New Zealand, Netherlands 4-0 Belgium