England’s Champions Trophy hopes dashed after Korea draw with Argentina

[img_assist|nid=2652|title=|desc=Sam Quek lets fly for England against China|link=node|align=left|width=275|height=194]England will now contest the fith to eighth place pool at the 2011 Champions Trophy after their scoreless game against China and Korea’s 1-1 draw with world champions Argentina.

The draw left England hoping Argentina would beat Korea by two clear goals to nudge the defending bronze-medallists into the medal pool. But it was not to be as Korea turned in an excellent performance.

England’s Helen Richardson had a chance to break the deadlock against China at the death but her penalty stroke – won through enterprise from Alex Danson and Nicola White – was saved by Zhang Yimeng, high to her stick side. As the results fell, that goal would have left England looking at a top-four finish.

“I put it right in the corner, – it was a good save,” said Richardson.

Coach Danny Kerry said the game against the Olympic siver medallists ..

“It was a very good game and both teams fought very very hard. So it was a good challenge for the girls. The gap between that and what they play week on week is enormous.”

He said the aerials from the back and the speed in midfield from Li Hongxia was not something his players came across often. He was proud of the players and the running they did in both attack and defence in the hot and humid conditions. But that had had an effect on the players’ execution towards the end of the game.

“Either team could have won it. Both had their chances. And it was a good tactical battle,” he said.

England’s Champions Trophy campaign resumes in Amsterdam on Thursday where they will play in the non-medal pool D with games to come against Germany and Australia. England’s draw with China carries forward to the second pool phase.

Argentina, Korea, the Netherlands and New Zealand contest the medal pool.

Other results: Australia 1 Germany 0, New Zealand 0 Netherlands 0