World number one Australia weathered some initial resistance from France before they slipped into fifth gear and racked up a ridiculously lop-sided 8-0 win in a Pool A tie at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. The Kookaburras, who missed on World Cup glory in the 2018 edition at the same venue after they outduelled in a shootout by the Netherlands in the semifinals, seized the initiative from the French via a first-quarter goal by Tom Craig. However, France fought resolutely and kept blunting out whatever was thrown at them by the Aussies.
The closing stages of the second quarter was where Australia took the game away from France. The Kookaburras struck three times in four minutes via Flynn Ogilvie and a brace from Jeremy Hayward to ensure they held a comfortable 4-0 half-time lead. If France had comeback aspirations in the second half, Australia did not afford them any opportunities – the world number one outfit compounded the agony of France with Tom Craig scoring before Jeremy Hayward wrapped up his hat-trick as it appeared one-way traffic with Australia leading 6-0. Tom Craig completed his hat-trick in the closing moments of the third quarter before Tom Wickham rounded off the tally to cap off a massive win for the green-and-yellow brigade.
2016 Olympic champions Argentina were made to sweat by lower-ranked South Africa before they rode on a Maico Casella second-half goal to sneak out a solitary goal win in Pool A.