Champions Trophy Hockey: England finish bottom after defeat

England goalscorer Sophie Bray
Sophie Bray gave England an early lead

England finished bottom of Pool B after a heavy 4-1 defeat by hosts Argentina at the Champions Trophy in Mendoza.

They took the lead against the defending champions when Sophie Bray fired a shot home from the top of the circle in the seventh minute.

But Carla Rebecchi equalised with a penalty corner and England conceded three times in the final nine minutes.

They now play the Pool A winners New Zealand in Thursday's quarter-final at 21:00 GMT.

England's schedule and results
England 1-2 Australia (29 November)
England 1-1 Germany (30 November)
England 1-2 Argentina (2 December)
vs New Zealand in quarter-finals (4 December)
Semi-finals (6 December)
Final/play-offs (7 December)

The match was still level in the third quarter, in which neither team was able to break through the other defence.

Kirsty Mackay continued her fine form in England's goal and Lily Owsley, Joie Leigh and Susannah Townsend produced some impressive attacking play.

But Silvina D'elia put Argentina ahead from a penalty corner after her shot found the stick of Hannah Macleod with an unfortunate deflection over Mackay.

Moments later Townsend was shown a yellow card for a foul on Luciana Aymar and Argentina seized their opportunity to finish the game off.

Goal scorer D'elia turned provider as firstly Rosario Luchetti scored with a brilliant deflection from a crossed ball and Delfina Merino added the fourth to leave Argentina top of Pool B.

England Head Coach, Danny Kerry said: "We started well, but after taking the lead we did lose our shape and allowed Argentina to come back at us.

"I thought the final scoreline was harsh and we had some really good chances at the start of the final quarter, when the score was still 1-1, to take the lead.

"But after going a goal down and then losing a player it was game over for us against an experienced Argentina side who showed great consistency and executed their chances well."

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