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It's all pain from Spain as Great Britain's men are sent packing

By Graham Hamilton

Published 13/08/2016

Ulsterman Iain Lewers saw his team come from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Spain and finish on five points, but that was two behind New Zealand.
Ulsterman Iain Lewers saw his team come from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Spain and finish on five points, but that was two behind New Zealand.

Great Britain will be packing their bags today as they prepare to leave the Olympic Village after they failed to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Bobby Crutchley's men, including Ulstermen Iain Lewers (right), Mark Gleghorne, David Ames and Ian Sloan, came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Spain and finish on five points. But that was two behind New Zealand who won 3-1 against a strangely lacklustre Belgium who had already finished top of their pool.

David Alegre gave Spain the lead after nine minutes but Sam Ward's deflection levelled matters. There were no more goals but Ashley Jackson failed to convert five penalty corners and Gleghorne, Sloan and man of the match Lewers all came close.

It's a big disappointment for GB who finished fourth in London 2012 and were fancied to reach the semi-finals at least in Rio but in the end their only win was against minnows Brazil.

Ireland's fate was also hanging in the balance - they were due to take on Argentina in their final pool game with Craig Fulton's men needing a win to guarantee a place in the competition's last eight.

Although the South Americans are ranked higher than the Irish, there was some optimism following their performance in beating Canada 4-2 a day earlier.

The game was the last of the day and so wasn't finishing until the early hours of this morning.

Pool A: Great Britain 1 Spain 1, New Zealand 3 Belgium 1. Pool B: India 2 Canada 2, Germany 2 Netherlands 1

Tomorrow: Quarter-finals: Germany v New Zealand, Netherlands v Australia; India v Spain; Ireland or Argentina v Belgium

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