Great Britain beat China at Champions Trophy

Two goals from Leicester's Crista Cullen and one from Slough's Ashleigh Ball help GB women to 3-1 win over China at the conclusion of Pool A in the Champions Trophy.

The result means GB finish second in the pool, behind the Netherlands on goal difference. GB will now play the side finishing third in Pool B in Thursday's quarter finals.

Crista Cullen, Sarah Thomas, Kate Walsh and Georgie Twigg celebrate a goal for Great Britain at the 2012 Champions Trophy in Rosario

Leicester defender Crista Cullen (above) continued her goal scoring purple patch as she netted her fourth in three matches from fifth minute penalty corner.  Depsite a series of British penalty corners and a Chinese video referral, Cullen's goal remained the only strike of the match at half time but things notched up apace in the second half.

Cullen bagged a second in the 42nd minute, although Reading forward Alex Danson came close to claiming it. Cullen's struck penalty corner deflected up off a defender and Danson swung a stick but missed her connection.  However, the ball continued towards goal and the Chinese defender on the line could only watch as it bobbled off her foot and over the goal line.

China's experienced forward Fu Baorong reduced the deficit five minutes later but following excellent work along the baseline by Leicester's Chloe Rogers, Slough's Ashleigh Ball lashed home on her reverse to extend the lead to 3-1.

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