Hockey World League: India lose 1-5 to Australia, crash out

The Indians played catch-up hockey in the entire 70 minutes and did not look convincing at all in all departments of the game. To add to it, India's perennial problem, a fragile defensive line continued to hurt them badly.

updated: June 19, 2013 22:39 IST
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Rotterdam: India's hopes of securing a direct berth in next year's World Cup went up in smoke after they were handed a humiliating 1-5 defeat by Australia in the quarterfinal of the men's competition of the FIH World League Round 3, here on Wednesday.

Six top teams -- three each -- will qualify directly for the 2014 World Cup to be held in Hague, The Netherlands from the two editions of FIH World League Round 3 -- the ongoing event in Rotterdam and then the next one to be held in Malaysia from June 29 to July 7.

An error-prone India needed a miracle to topple Australia in what was the 100th international fixture between the two sides. But it was not be as the Kookaburras dished out a clinical performance to make short work of the Sardar Singh-led side.

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