England finish third in Pool A

Following a 0-0 draw with China and Korea's 1-1 draw with Argentina, England have finished third in Pool A at the Champions Trophy and will play in Pool D for fifth to eighth place.

Against China, England had the better of the first half but were under pressure for much of the second before winning a penalty stroke with six minutes remaining.  Good work from Reading pair Helen Richardson  and Alex Danson led to the stroke, which was awarded when the ball hit the foot of a Chinese defender on the goal line.  It was Richardson who stepped up to take the penalty but Zhang in the Chinese goal read it and stepped right to save with her glove in front of her face.

The early signs were promising with Leicester's Laura Unsworth shooting over and Helen Richardson winning a sixth minute penalty corner but England could not find the opener.

Beth Storry saved China's first penalty corner but clear cut chances were few and far between.  Midway through the half, Anna Bennett had a half chance in a melee inside the Chinese circle but the Olympic silver medalists cleared their lines.

Helen Richardson's penalty corner deflection flew past the post five minutes before the break and on the stroke of half time Alex Danson saw her shot saved.

Despite edging the first half on shots and possession, England found themselves on the back foot for much of the second half and were grateful to Storry for an excellent one-on-one save early in the second half.

Having survived the Chinese pressure, a passage of excellent play involving Helen Richardson and Alex Danson won England the penalty stroke but with Richardson's effort saved and Alex Danson thwarted again by Zhang late on the match finished 0-0.

In the final match in Pool A, Korea led Argentina through a first half goal before Argentina gave England faint hope that they might secure the result that would put England through as Pool runners-up when they equalised in the second half.  But that was it and the 1-1 draw was enough for Korea to take second place with three draws from their three matches.

The results in Pool B on Tuesday, where Australia beat Germany 1-0 and New Zealand and the Netherlands drew 0-0, mean that Pools A and B have been played to completion and Pools C and D and comprised as follows.

Pool C – playing for positions 1-4.
Argentina
Korea
Netherlands
New Zealand

Pool D – playing for positions 5-8
Australia
England
China
Germany

England’s first Pool D match is against Germany at 13:00 BST on Thursday, a match that will be screened live on British Eurosport 2 and on Eurosport Player at www.eurosportplayer.co.uk.  England’s second Pool D fixture is against Australia at 13:30 BST on Friday. Teams carry forward their result against the team from their phase one pool into phase two.  As such, England start phase two third in Pool D level on points with China, one ahead of Germany and two behind Australia.

Pool C - Phase Two Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Korea 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Netherlands 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
                 
Pool D - Phase Two Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts
Australia 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
China 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
England 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Germany 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
                 
Pool A - Phase One Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina 3 2 1 0 6 2 4 7
Korea 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 3
England 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
China 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3 1
                 
Pool B - Phase One Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 6
New Zealand 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
Germany 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3
Australia 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3

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