Valiant GB beaten by Argentina Final Champions Trophy

Great Britain’s first appearance in a Champions Trophy final ended in a valiant 1-0 defeat against world champions and hosts Argentina.

The only goal came in the first half when Silvina D’Elia’s penalty corner strike squeezed in, the only such set-piece GB conceded in the tournament.

Valiant GB beaten by Argentina Final Champions Trophy.Britain matched the favourites for much of the contest but despite a gritty display they had to settle for silver.

In the bronze medal match the Netherlands beat Germany 5-4.

Britain’s impressive run into their first major final must give them encouragement ahead of this summer’s Olympics on home soil.

There was a jubilant atmosphere at a packed Rosario stadium but the match began quietly, with Britain reducing the hosts to just a handful of penalty corners in the first 20 minutes.Valiant GB beaten by Argentina Final Champions Trophy

Argentina captain Luciana Aymar was perhaps fortunate to escape with only a green card for a cynical challenge but the home side, currently ranked second in the world, began to show glimpses of attacking flair, Rocio Sanchez Moccia displaying some intricate stick work.

The British team valiantly soaked up the pressure and broke effectively when the industrious Laura Bartlett freed Nicola White, who cut inside but saw her goalbound shot blocked.

However the British defence was finally breached when D’Elia’s shot bounced just in front of Beth Storry and went between the goalkeeper’s feet into the net.

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