Team Great Britain In-line Hockey

Great Britain 2-5 Brazil
Tuesday 9th June 2009

Great Britain missed out on top spot in group D of the IIHF In-Line World Championships and a chance of mid-tournament promotion after defeat to Brazil in Ingolstadt, Germany. In a tense, close game and with the score tied at 1-1 heading into the final period Brazil took the game with four goals in the last quarter.

After a goalless first period, Brazil took the lead through Almeida after 23 minutes however Phil Hamer tied things early in the third period with his third goal of the tournament. In a tight game that saw James Tanner excel in the GB net, the score remained tied heading into the final period when three goals in three minutes from Brazil and then a fifth with five minutes remaining put the game out of reach for GB. A late consolation from Alex Pearman (his fourth of the tournament) was less than GB deserved.

Brazil now play Slovakia in a playoff on Wednesday, while GB will face Japan in their quarterfinal of Division One on Thursday.

“The guys are down after tonight’s game”, said Head Coach Nick Crawley. “but there were lots of positives out there. We have a real shot at a medal still and that’s what we have to focus on. Japan will be a tough opponent and we have a lot of history, but we will get a day’s rest tomorrow and be ready for the quarterfinal.”

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