Champions Trophy: Dabach strike denies England victory

By Will Turner
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England were denied victory over Spain in their second game of the Champions Trophy as a fantastic reverse stick strike from Gabriel Dabach rescued a point seven minutes from time.

Spain twice fought back in the second half after goals from captain Glenn Kirkham and Ian Mackay had given England a two-goal lead at the break.

Pau Quemada and Miquel Delas brought Spain level until Ian Mackay scored again to restore the lead. However this was not enough as Dabach controlled well before surprising England goalkeeper James Fair with his reverse snap shot.

On the back of their opening defeat to Germany, this disappointing draw will make the upcoming games with Australia and the Netherlands all the tougher.

Kirkham’s opener, a fantastic volley from a seemingly impossible angle gave England a dream start. Then just two minutes later Moore squared the ball for Mackay to bundle home.

However Spain got to work on drawing level immediately after half time. A superb drag flick from Quemada giving the diving Fair no chance.

Then three minutes later the scores were level. A clever deflected flick from Delas again left Fair helpless.

Yet England’s heads never dropped and were rewarded as again they took the lead. Ashley Jackson’s lofted shot was well-guided toward goal by Mackay, despite being reviewed the goal stood and England looked set for victory.

A quick self pass set Spain on their way into the English area and the crossed ball found Dabach who turned quickly to hit home.

Assistant coach Bobby Crutchley described the result as “disappointing” and warned of the threat of Australia in their next game.

The Aussies compiled an impressive comeback to defeat the Netherlands 6-3 and Germany made it two wins from two with a 5-2 victory over New Zealand.

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