New Zealand defeated European champion England on penalty strokes to claim the bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games men’s field hockey competition on Thursday.
After the score was locked at 3-3 and extra time failed to produce a golden goal,New Zealand was on target with all its five shots from the spot and goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex brilliantly stopped Adam Dixon’s third penalty stroke to clinch 5-3 win for the Kiwis.
The Mantell brothers – Richard and Simon – had pushed the playoff into extra time with two late goals in the second half as England came back from a two-goal deficit to draw level.
Three-time champion Australia takes on India in the final later in the day.
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