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HWL: England hammer India 5-1 to claim third place

HWL: England hammer India 5-1 to claim third place - Indian men's hockey team was crushed to a heavy defeat as Great Britain took the bronze medal in the Hockey World League third place play-off on Sunday.

The Indian defensive fell apart as they were frequently caught off-guard by counter-attacks from England, but the defenders also stumbled on penalty corners twice.

Goals from Alastair Brogdon (11th minute), Chris Griffiths (27th), Ashley Jackson (37th), Adam Dixon (42nd) and captain Barry Middleton (44th) gave Great Britain a five-goal lead before India scored one through Rupinder Pal Singh?s penalty corner conversion in the 59th minute.

India forward Akashdeep Singh ran down the left flank and into the scoring zone, but had no support to receive the cross and he sent a reverse hit straight to the goalkeeper. England took the lead in the 11th minute when Alastair Brogdon got a touch to a reverse shot from Dan Fox into the right corner of the Indian net.

England scored its second goal in the 27th minute on a counter-attack after Manpreet Singh moved up into the circle, exchanging wall-passes with Satbir Singh, but could not have a crack at the goal in the crowded circle. The quick clearance saw Nick Catlin send a long ball down the middle that Chris Griffiths deflected into the goal with the Indian defence just not in the frame.

England's third goal came on a quick switch-over after Ramandeep Singh botched an opening by sending a flick into onrushing goalkeeper George Pinner after getting a good ball and some open space in front in the 37th minute. Ward beat the goalkeeper with his clever cross that was shot into the goal by Jackson.

In the 42nd minute, Dixon deflected in a penalty corner drive into the goal, and captain Middleton capitalized on a cross from Ward two minutes later to make it 5-0.