Spain end England''s unbeaten run

NEW DELHI: Spain halted England''s victorious run in the men''s field hockey World Cup on Monday, but the 2-0 win may have come too late to lift them into the semi-finals.

Pau Quemada convered a penalty corner in the 35th minute and Eduard Tubau increased the margin six minutes before the end against an English team already assured of a semi-final berth from Group B.

England ended the league with four wins from five matches, taking their tally to 12 points.

Spain finished on nine points, the same as Australia, who play Pakistan in their last match later on Monday.

Australia''s superior goal difference of plus-16 -- against Spain''s plus-4 -- is expected to carry them into the knockout rounds even if they suffer a shock defeat against Pakistan.