Hockey: England caught out by slick Japan

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The Independent Online

An England side shorn of their first-choice players, who are in Australia for the Champions Trophy, lost the second of two Tests against Japan 3-2 at Chelmsford last night.

England took the lead at their seventh penalty corner on the stroke of half-time when Alex Danson deflected home a shot. Japan replied with two goals in three minutes. Yurark Ogura equalised with a reverse stick shot, while a defensive error let in Tomomi Komori.

England struck back swiftly with Cathie Gilliat-Smith getting a deflection, but Sachimi Iwao scored the winner from a slick penalty corner routine.

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