Promising start fades as England lose momentum

Mark Gleghorne (left) collides with Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch in England's defeat to Belgium (c) Treebyimages


FIH Men’s Champions Trophy, Melbourne (Australia)
Friday, 7 December 2012

BELGIUM 4 (1)
Jerome Truyens 27, 59 (F, F)  
Cedric Charlier 58 (F)  
Loick Luypert 70  (PC)  
  
ENGLAND 0 (0)
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Two goals from Belgium's captain Jerome Truyens and one each from Cedric Charlier and Loick Luypert consigned England to a 4-0 defeat in the first of their classification matches at the Champions Tropy in Melbourne.

Despite being played at 8:30am local time, the match began in soaring temperatures with England enjoying the best of the opening spell. But two penalty corners and number of longer passes failed to prize open the Belgian defence and England found themselves on the back foot at the first half progressed.

Truyens netted his first just under ten minutes before half time as he fired home from the middle of the circle after the ball was squeezed back to him on the penalty spot from the baseline.

Several excellent saves from Beeston goalkeeper George Pinner kept England in contention until a devastating spell with just over ten minutes remaining. First, Cedric Charlier scored with just Pinner to beat after receiving the ball from the left before Truyens bagged his second from even closer range as he received the ball back following a one-two in the English circle.

With the hooter sounding as Belgium were awarded a final minute penalty corner, Loick Luypert stepped up and unleashed an unstoppable shot inside the right post.

England will now play off against New Zealand, with whom they drew 1-1 in the pool phase, for seventh. That match takes place at 21:30 GMT on Saturday and is live on www.fih.livesport.tv.

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