Australia rout India 8-0 to win gold

Australia rout India 8-0 to win gold

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NEW DELHI: Luke Doerner and Jason Wilson slammed two goals each as power-packed Australia wiped out India 8-0 to win their fourth successive Commonwealth Games men’s hockey gold on Thursday.

The world champions dominated the home team right through the lop-sided final played before a packed crowd at the sun-baked Major Dhyan Chand stadium.

The Aussies have now finished on top in each edition of the Games since the sport was introduced in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

The victory also completed an unprecedented hat-trick of winning the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth gold in the same year for Ric Charlesworth’s men.

Also, it was the second time in a year that Australia crowned themselves with glory here, after having won the World Cup at the same venue in March.

For the Indians, who have not won a major tournament since their Asian Games gold in 1998, it was their first podium finish in the Games.

While the Aussies hugged each other in joy, the sombre Indian players went on a lap of the ground to show their gratitude to the patient crowd with a banner reading “Thank you all for your kind support”.

Doerner finished the tournament as the highest goal-scorer (eight).

The first-half saw a keen tussle between the teams to control the ball but it was the Aussies who surged into the lead in the 19th minute with Jason Wilson hammering one in from the left of the box.

The Aussies made it 2-0 two minutes later through Chris Ciriello before Wilson scored his second goal and Doerner slammed in his brace in the 34th and 52 minutes.

Simon Orchard made it 6-0 while captain Jamie Dwyer and Glenn Turner also joined in the goal-fest to cap a miserable outing for the hosts, ranked number nine in the world.

The Indians seemed to have no answers to the Australian assault and hardly threatened their defence.

They managed to force two penalty corners to Australia’s four but failed to convert any with Shivendra Singh and Sandeep Singh found wanting inside the circle.

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