Rio Olympics 2016-Great Britain’s men’s hockey team still searching for first win

Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain’s men are still searching for their opening Rio 2016 win after drawing 2-2 against New Zealand.

Britain, who lost 4-1 to Belgium in their opener, led inside two minutes when David Condon slotted in from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

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Kane Russell’s stunning strike and another goal from Hayden Phillips turned the game in the Kiwis’ favour.

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GB skipper Barry Middleton tapped in to level before half-time, with neither side able to find a second-half winner.

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Britain, who are ranked fourth in the world, are fifth in Group A after their opening two matches.

With the introduction of a quarter-final stage at Rio, they only need to finish in the top four of their six-team group to qualify.

They play host nation Brazil on Tuesday, face world champions Australia on Wednesday, then wrap up the group stage against Spain on Friday.

GB head coach Bobby Crutchley:

“It was disappointing not to win. We had some good opportunities we were better than against Belgium in our intensity and the way we played.

“Our execution was a bit off and we didn’t deliver our corners but we showed better intent.

“There were glimpses of quality but it’ll come in the coming games. The players are good at self evaluation so we know what we need to do.

“We need to win our next game. We’re playing a team we haven’t played before which doesn’t happen often. We have to make sure we’re diligent and prepare properly and put in the performance we need to get the win.”


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