Champions Trophy: England beaten by Australia in quarters

Australia's Jamie Dwyer gets to the ball ahead of England's Richard Smith

England's men are out of the medal race in the Champions Trophy after losing 2-0 to Australia in the quarter-final.

Australia, aiming to win a fifth straight title, went ahead with Jamie Dwyer's reverse shot after 15 minutes.

They sealed victory - and a semi-final against India - when Christopher Ciriello fired in a textbook penalty corner in the second half.

England take on Belgium on Saturday to determine if they will play for fifth or seventh place.

England lost their opening game 3-1 to India on Saturday, but responded with a 4-1 victory over Olympic champions Germany the following day.

But a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Tuesday left them in third place in their pool and a clash with the hosts.

They largely matched Australia in the first half and were unlucky to go a goal down after Henry Weir slipped in the circle, allowing Jason Wilson to poach the ball and find Dwyer, whose reverse stick shot bobbled up past a fast-approaching George Pinner.

The second half saw the Kookaburras settle into their stride and with 17 minutes left, Ciriello powered a fast and accurate drag flick home to seal the Aussies' progress.

England head coach Jason Lee said: "I thought we played a very solid game. Our lack of clinical circle play was the key difference between the two sides and Australia took their chances well. Overall I was really pleased with the performance."

Australia now have the chance to go for a sixth straight Champions Trophy medal and an unprecedented fifth consecutive gold at the event.

India, who beat Belgium 1-0 to progress, are looking to add to their one bronze medal in the tournament from 1982.

The Champions Trophy is played annually and features eight of the world's leading hockey nations.

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