Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

ESP V GBR ( Pool A ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

8 - 1

Match Review ESP - GBR 8-1

Super Spain destroy Great Britain
Spain 8-1 Great Britain

Santi Freixa and Roc Oliva both scored twice as Spain produced a simply sensational performance to defeat Great Britain 8-1 in their final match of Pool A. It was a magnificent display from the Spanish, who came back from 1-0 down to score four times in either half to seal their place in Pool C, which keeps alive their hopes of winning the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy.  Great Britain will now play in for 5-8 in Pool D.

Despite a couple of early Spanish chances, the early stages of the game were dominated by Great Britain, who pressured the circle but failed to create clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities. It was the Brits who opened the match scoring midway through the half when Barry Middleton was on hand to force home a penalty corner rebound from close range following a from Ashley Jackson.

Conceding the goal only served to inspire the Spanish, who hit back almost immediately when a completely unmarked Edi Tubau received the ball in front of goal before calmly slotting past Great Britain keeper George Pinner, who was making his Champions Trophy debut. Incredibly, Spain then hit two more goals in quick succession as the normally solid Great Britain defence was undone by the movement of the lightning quick Spanish forwards.  Pau Quemada drilled home Spain’s second before team captain Santi Freixa exploded into the Great Britain circle before producing a stunning shot which rattled into the goal off the left post.

Spain’s fourth goal arrived five minutes before half time and confirmed that luck was very much against the British, as Gabriel Dabanch’s push shot bounced back off the post before hitting GB keeper Pinner and rolling over the goal-line.

The Spanish forwards continued to terrorize the British defensive line in the early stages of the second half, with Freixa and Tubau in particular proving too hot to handle.  A fifth goal soon arrived, and it was defender Juan Fernandez who slid in to slap home a loose ball from the right in the 44th minute.

Great Britain saw good second half chances go begging through Glenn Kirkham and Mark Gleghorne, but Spain were far more clinical with their chances as Santi Freixa netted a sixth before Roc Oliva produced a marvellous finish from an glorious Edi Tubau pass. Oliva completed the scoring with a blistering penalty corner flick in the final minute, giving Spain a magnificent victory which secures their place in Pool C where they will compete for the 1-4 places. 

  • Match 10
  • Date Tue, 6 Dec 2011
  • Time 12:05
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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