GB suffer heavy defeat to Spain

Great Britain’s hopes of a Champions Trophy medal were dashed as they went down 8-1 to clinical Spain in their final Pool A fixture in Auckland. 

Following a quiet opening spell the game burst into life as Great Britain captain Barry Middleton’s shot crept over the goal line to give GB the lead in the 23rd minute.  No sooner had the Yorkshireman’s shot squeezed over the line than Spain pulled a goal back through Eduard Tubau and within three minutes of taking the lead Great Britain were behind as Pau Quemada made it 2-1 with a low strike.

Clinical Spain produced two more finishes before half time, from captain Santi Freixa and Gabriel Dabanch, to effectively end the match as a contest but there was worse to come in the second half.  With Great Britain throwing caution to the wind, Juan Fernandez swept home a loose ball for 5-1 and Freixa bagged his second four minutes from time for 6-1.  A late double from Roc Oliva, the second of which was a penalty corner flick high into the top corner, made it 8-1.

Ben Hawes shoots in the air as his is fouled during Great Britain v Spain at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand

Following the match, Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee said: “We did well to get ahead in the game and then conceded two of the softest goals you’ll ever see. We found ourselves chasing the game from then on.  Our skill and execution were very poor.”

Great Britain will now compete for places five to eight with Pakistan and the two sides finishing third and fourth in Pool B.

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