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England beat South Africa 3-1

September 14, 2006 01:24 IST

England overcame South Africa 3-1 in their concluding Pool B league fixture of the men's hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany on Thursday night and qualified to play for 5-8 positions.

The South Africans (2 points), along with India, Argentina and Japan, will be involved in classification matches for 9-12 positions.

Giving England a company in the contest for 5-8 slots are the Netherlands, Pakistan and New Zealand.

South Africa went ahead with a ninth minute goal by Ian Symons, but England came back strongly with James Tindall (20th) and Richard Mantell (41st, 48th) scoring.

Anand Philar
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