08/07/2012 04:16 EDT | Updated 10/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Britain make field hockey semis for 1st time since 1988 after 1-1 draw with Spain

LONDON - Britain qualified for the Olympic field hockey semifinals for the first time since it won the 1988 Seoul Games by surviving a dramatic finish to draw 1-1 with Spain on Tuesday.

Britain will face the Netherlands in the semifinals.

Spain, the Beijing Games silver medallist, thought it could steal a victory in the last two minutes when it had two penalty corners saved, a third cancelled on video review, and another penalty corner request rejected on a referral.

Britain's Ashley Jackson scored the first goal, his team-leading fifth, by drag-flicking a penalty corner into the bottom right corner in the 37th minute.

Spain levelled with 16 minutes to go through a penalty corner from Pau Quemada, who blasted into the lower left corner.