The Kookaburras person made a monolithic connection to their Olympic rivals with a crushing 7-1 triumph implicit India to fortify their golden medal favouritism.
In opposition to their scrappy triumph connected the opening time erstwhile they came from down to bushed big federation Japan 5-3, Australia's men's hockey squad were successful a ruthless temper successful the excavation lucifer against the world's No.4-ranked team.
It was goals galore astatine Oi Hockey Stadium, and they were shared around.
Blake Govers bagged two, portion Daniel Beale, Jeremy Hayward, Flynn Ogilvie, Josh Beltz and Tim Brand besides recovered the backmost of the net.
The item was Brand's extremity – the past of the lucifer – to headdress the emphatic win.
Brand ran onto a beauteous agelong walk from Govers, past tapped the shot wide of a sliding situation from Indian goalkeeper Parattu Sreejesh and kept his feet with a sidestep and leap. With an Indian defender tracking backmost and Sreejesh lunging, Brand swivelled and produced a pinpoint flick from the tightest of angles.
The triumph was acceptable up with a blistering 2nd 4th that enactment the Kookaburras firmly successful power 4-0 astatine halftime.
Daniel Beale deflected the shot location for Australia's opening extremity successful the 10th minute, but it was aft the archetypal interruption that the satellite No.1-ranked Aussies enactment the ft down.
Hayward, Ogilvie and Beltz each recovered the backmost of the nett successful the abstraction of conscionable six minutes.
India, coached by erstwhile Australian planetary Graham Reid, were shell-shocked.
In the 2nd half, India came retired with much aggression to propulsion a extremity backmost done the ever-dangerous Dilpreet Singh.
But a objective punishment changeable from Govers got the Kookaburras moving again and they flexed their muscles successful the second stages arsenic they caput towards their adjacent trial – a excavation lucifer against Argentina, the defending Olympic champions.
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