England Left Frustrated at Narrow Defeat

Despite twice equalising against Germany on Saturday, England went down 3-2 to the reigning World and Olympic Champions and were left disappointed not to have taken a point from their first Champions Trophy match since 2001.

England's David Condon is thwarted on his debut by Germany goalkeeper Max Weinhold and defender Oliver Korn during the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy, 28 November 2009England coach Jason Lee handed debuts to young Loughborough Students pair Nick Catlin and David Condon, both from the substitutes bench, while there was a starting berth in defence for Hampstead & Westminster’s Dan Fox, playing in his first ever international tournament at any level.

As well as five goals the match made history as Tobias Hauke became the first player to serve a two minute suspension for a green card offence and both teams successfully utilised the 'team referral' to the video umpire to overturn umpiring decisions.

After going behind in the tenth minute England replied through James Tindall to make it 1-1 at the break.  Jan-Marco Montag gave Germany the lead again in the second half but Ashley Jackson equalised from the penalty spot.  But with just three minutes remaining Germany captain Maximillian Muller netted a close range flick at a penalty corner to give Germany all three points.

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Sunday's match against Spain gets underway at 06:05am GMT.

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