|December 4th, 2012|
|9||Pool A||1:30pm||NZL - ENG||1 - 1 (0 - 1)||Final||x 4|
Pool B :
New Zealand – England 1-1 (0-1 halftime)
England finished the preliminary round at the Champions Trophy with one of everything after playing to a 1-1 draw against New Zealand today in the last day of Pool B action. The English squad, now with a 1-1-1 record, must still await the outcome of today’s Germany v. India game to determine their final placement in Pool B, but the outcome did solve one mystery as New Zealand is now locked into fourth place in the group and will play the top-seeded team coming out of Pool A in Thursday’s quarterfinal.
It was a tame game on both sides with neither team showing the fire from of the previous days until late in the game after Phillip Burrows pulled the Kiwis even with his goal in the last seven minutes. Before the equalizer, the game’s scoring chances were few and far between.
England took the 1-0 lead 11 minutes into action when Mark Gleghorne put in his first marker of the event on a streaking field goal effort. Beyond 1-0 goal, the scoring chances were few and far between in the first half as New Zealand missed its three penalty corner chances and England never really had a solid threat after taking the lead.
The pace picked up in the second half as New Zealand came out after the break reenergized and applied pressure on England. The English responded in kind and had a handful of opportunities, but they could not get the critical second goal. New Zealand jumped on the chance to get a point out of the game when Burrows showed his years of experience by calmly scoring the equalizer in the last seven minutes of action. New Zealand swarmed the English net after Burrows’ goal, but ultimately had to settle for the 1-1 tie and one point in Pool B action.
|December 03rd, 2012 at 8:26 pm||G'day hockey fans! An exciting last day of preliminary round action is ahead as both pools are wide open. First up ENG v NZL|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 8:34 pm||We're moments awys from ENG v. NZL. Don't forget all games are being streamed live on FIH TV for free....enjoy the action!|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 8:47 pm||England takes the 1-0 lead on a field goal from Mark Gleghorne 11 minutes into action|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 9:03 pm||With 10 minutes left in the first half, England still holds the 1-0 lead. A tame game so far from both sides.|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 9:13 pm||NZ with its 3rd pc chance as time expires in the half -- another miss -- so ENG takes the 1-0 lead into the break|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 9:27 pm||NZL v. ENG is back underway under suddenly blustery conditions. The wind is blowing in NZs direction - maybe it will help them.|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 9:52 pm||With seven minutes to go New Zealand pulls even when veteran Phillip Burrows scores the 1-1 goal.|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 9:59 pm||New Zealand has some great looks late in the game, but things end in a 1-1 tie. A fair score for both sides.|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 10:00 pm||Despite the tie, NZL still ends in 4th place in the group. ENG will be 2nd or 3rd, depending on the GER v. India outcome|