By David Gold

ThiloStralkowskiDecember 11 - Great Britain finished sixth at the Champions Trophy in Auckland as Germany beat Jason Lee's men 1-0.

It was the second meeting between the two in less than a week, and Germany inflicted a second defeat on Britain despite once again being outplayed by their opponents for long periods.

A strong start from Britain saw them earn a penalty corner but they were unable to take advantage, and soon found themselves down to nine players as Rob Moore and Simon Mantell were handed green and yellow cards respectively.

The German goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi was alert to prevent Britain taking the lead from a penalty corner and Ashley Jackson and James Tindall also both went close.

After half an hour, Thilo Stralkowski (pictured) converted a penalty corner to stun Britain and give Germany the lead.

The second-half was a tight affair with few opportunities presenting themselves to either side, with James Fair substituted as Britain pressed for an equaliser with 11 outfield players.

Tindall's powerful strike almost levelled things late on but Jacobi was equal to it, consigning Britain to sixth-place.

Lee was philosophical afterwards and immediately thinking ahead to the Olympic Games next year.

"We created plenty of chances today but we just couldn't get over the line," he said.

"The Champions Trophy has been a great learning experience for this group of athletes on the road to London 2012."

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