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England edged out in shootout

England lost a tense shootout 7-6 to New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Hockey League in New Delhi.

Having been behind twice and in front once, Bobby Crutchley's side needed a 64th-minute penalty stroke to make it 3-3 to take the game to its thrilling climax.

Three goals each from the first five efforts took the shoot-out into sudden death and after three more successes apiece, Beeston's Harry Martin was the unfortunate player to miss the target allowing Phil Burrows to net the winner.

It was a nerve-shredding finale to cap a topsy-turvy game in which Marcus Child had given the Black Sticks a 12th-minute lead only for a diving Martin to convert a cross from Mark Gleghorne, who subsequently made it 2-1 14 minutes after half-time.

New Zealand ramped up the pressure and England fought a rearguard action until two goals in less than three minutes turned the match around only for Barry Middleton to win the penalty which allowed Jackson to equalise.

"I thought the shoot-out would last forever but that shows the high quality," said Crutchley.

"The pressure under which both teams played in the shoot-out was impressive. I am not totally happy with today's performance."

England will face Australia in Saturday's third-place play-off after Holland recovered from squandering a 2-0 lead to win 4-3 in the other semi-final.