Champions Trophy: Great Britain 1-8 Spain

Champions Trophy

Venue:
Auckland, New Zealand
Date:
3-11 December, 2011
Coverage:
Watch live on liveFIH.tv, highlights (UK users only) and reports on BBC Sport website

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Spain thrash woeful GB

Great Britain's men will finish outside the top four at the Champions Trophy after being thrashed 8-1 by Spain in their final Pool A match in Auckland.

Barry Middleton put Britain ahead midway through the first half from a penalty corner but Spain responded with four goals in each half.

Glenn Kirkham and Mark Gleghorne missed second-half chances as Britain suffered their heaviest loss in the competition.

Britain will now play for places five to eight in Pool D in New Zealand.

"We were very, very poor," said GB coach Jason Lee, who admitted it was his "worst ever" defeat after his side conceded "two of the softest goals I've ever seen".

Lee was upset at the lack of fighting spirit shown by his team in the last major competition before next year's Olympics in London.

"The British have a great deal of pride and we've dented it quite severely," he pointed out.

"We physically and technically couldn't cope."

Spain scored four times in seven first-half minutes after Middleton's opener and Juan Fernandez added a fifth just after half-time.

The final three goals were scored in a five-minute period towards the end of the match and Spain will join Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand in the top-four group that will compete for the medals at the eight-nation tournament.

Britain opened the tournament, which sits behind the Olympics and World Cup in terms of importance, with a 2-1 victory over Pakistan but were then beaten 4-1 by Australia.

They will now play Germany on Thursday and Korea on Saturday, before a play-off on Sunday to decide their final position.