Commonwealth Games: England lose tense women's hockey semi-final against New Zealand

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England suffer penalty shoot-out heartbreak
bbc.comEngland women's hockey team lost a dramatic semi-final against New Zealand in a shootout and had to settle for a place in Saturday's bronze medal match.New Zealand won the shootout 2-1, after neither side could break the deadlock in four goalless quarters.That outcome was the reverse of 2014's semi-final in Glasgow, which England won on a shootout before taking silver.
The Kiwis will meet the winners of the other semi-final between Australia and India in Saturday's gold medal match.
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Alex Danson made her 300th international appearance, but was one of four England players to be denied from close range in the shootout.Earlier on Thursday, Wales beat Ghana in a shootout to place ninth in the competition while Scotland comfortably beat Malaysia 4-2 to finish in seventh.England's men will take on favourites Australia in Friday's semi-final (12:45 BST).
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