New Delhi: Close rivals Poland and France have kept alive their hopes of making it to the final of the London Olympic Qualifiers, defeating minnows Singapore and Italy in their respective matches of the men's competition on Wednesday.

While Poland spanked the young Singapore team 11-3, France beat Italy 3-0 in the first two games of the men's competition.

By virtue of the wins, both Poland and France have secured nine points from four outings, but the former occupy the second in the points table ahead of the Frenchmen on better goal difference.

France will play higher-ranked Canada in their last round-robin match on Friday while Poland will be up against favourites and table toppers India.

In the first match of the men's section, Poland scored through Szymon Oszyjczyk, who scored three goals, Michal Nowakowski, Miroslav Juszczak, Mateusz Poltaszewski (two goals), Bartosz Zywiczka, Arthur Mikula, Tomasz Gorny and Waldemar Rataj.

For the Singaporeans, Farhan Kamsani scored two goals while Fazri Jailani scored the other in the last minute of the game.

In the second men's match of the day, France, who registered victories against Poland and Singapore, needed a win to stay afloat in the competition after the loss to India last night.

But the Italians put up a stubborn fight in the first half as France wasted a series of penalty-corners.

The Frenchmen were also denied multiple times by an excellent Davide Guida in the Italian goal. Despite their heavy domination, France failed to penetrate the regrouped Italian defense as the opening half ended goal-less.

It took France 43rd minute to surge ahead when captain Arnaud Becuwe scored a field goal after pouncing on a loss ball.

Martin Genestet then scored from a penalty corner to extend France's lead. Frederic Verrier made the score line 3-0 in favour of the Frenchmen by converting another penalty corner.

(Agencies)