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England secure first victory with late winner

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England's men picked up their first victory at the hockey World Cup after they defeated India 2-1 thanks to Simon Mantell's late winner.

On Saturday, England drew their opening game of the tournament 1-1 with Spain.

And it looked as though their second match would also end in a draw. However, with 75 seconds remaining, Mantell came up with the winner after he latched onto a rebound to finish with a reverse stick.

"You don't have time to think, the ball just dropped and I knew I had to get a good connection on it and fortunately it went in," Mantell said.

"That might be the most important goal I've scored for England. Goals at the end of a game when you're level always feel important. The main thing is the three points, though. It was crucial we got the win."

Mark Gleghorne gave England the lead after 27 minutes, but India equalised through Dharamvir Sing just three minutes later. India keeper P R Sreejesh made a great save from England's penalty corner towards the end, but Mantell was on hand to slot home and hand his nation maximum points.

England coach Bobby Crutchly added: "I thought India played well. It was a tough game and there was some sloppy play from us in the first half."

England are currently third in Group A, two points behind leaders Australia and second-placed Belgium. They next face Malaysia on June 5.

Meanwhile, England's women will be looking to bounce back from their opening-game defeat to the USA when they face China on Tuesday.

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