They are now reliant on a combination of match results today (Thursday) to proceed after a stuttering round-robin section has left them third in the table. They must beat Belgium in the 8pm game in a tournament designed to prepare teams for the Rio Olympics .
Bobby Crutchley’s side faced defeat on Tuesday night, trailing to Tobias Hauke’s 29th minute goal, but Jackson, his country’s all time top scorer, stepped up with 12 minutes left to bring the match level.
Great Britain continued to press for another goal and had Germany on the back foot. Despite this, they were indebted to their goalkeeper once again with a few minutes left.
Jonas Gommol was clean through but the George Pinner somehow snaked out a left pad to block brilliantly. There was still time for Germany to mount one last assault on goal.
A late penalty corner beat the goalkeeper but captain Barry Middleton was on hand to hook the ball away with a cricket style shot to preserve the score and help Great Britain to hard-earned point.
Midfielder Nick Catlin said afterwards: “We always want to win but a point is a fair result on reflection. Both goalkeepers played superbly.
“George made some fantastic saves and there were a lot of corners, so it’s surprising it was only 1-1. We put in another solid display and we’re still progressing. We want to finish the tournament on a high.
“We’re always confident going into games. We’ve played Belgium a lot over the years but it’ll be interesting to see where they are. We’ll recover tomorrow, take a look at the video and come back strong for another tough game.”
In Tuesday’s other games, India defeated Korea 2-1 and Australia beat Belgium 2-0. The results mean Great Britain need to beat Belgium on Thursday and hope for a favourable result from India vs Australia in order to make the final in the sold-out tournament.