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Australia rout Argentina 4-0 for their first win

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Monchengladbach, Sep 9 (UNI) Putting behind their opening match defeat Olympic Champions Australia rebounded back in contention with an emphatic 4-0 win over Argentina in a Pool A clash here at the 11th World Cup Hockey here today.

Earlier in the tournament, Spain had upset Australia with a 3-1 victory. With the win over Argentina, Australia have secured their first three points in the competition from two outings.

Though Australia dominated from the start, it took them 23 minutes to open their scoring, when Luke Doerner powered in a penalty corner flick.

The lead increased to 2-0 within a minute when Russel Ford picked up a cross and deflected it past the Argentinian goalkeeper.

In the 30th minute, Hammond sent a cross that was going wide off the post but in a brilliant move, Michael McCann raced in to tap the ball into goal.

Argentina had their chances but most of them through penalty corners.

The Australian defence was, however, very secure as they got off their mark early enough to stop the penalty corners.

At the break, Australia led 3-0.

Australia increased the lead in the 55th minute when a shot from the top of the circle hit an Argentinian defender but Robert Hammond lurking nearby deflected it into goal.

Australia now play Japan tomorrow.

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