Great Britain celebrate their success at the Hockey World League semi-final stage in Valencia ©Getty Images

Great Britain beat China 2-0 to take first place at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World League semi-final stage in Valencia.

A goal in each half and a sixth clean sheet in seven games saw Britain claim top honours to go with the Rio 2016 Olympic spot they landed a day earlier. 

Hollie Webb scored the only goal of a tight-knit, tactical battle in the first half, before Alex Danson got on the end of a Kate Richardson-Walsh corner to score the second.

Britain managed to hold on for victory to make it seven wins out of seven at the tournament, having conceded only two goals.

After winning all four of their Pool B matches, including another 2-0 success against China, Britain went on to defeat South Africa and Germany in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

"It was an amazing performance in this tournament,” said captain Richardson-Walsh.

"We said at the beginning that we'd take one game at a time and build momentum, and that's what we've done.

"It wasn't our most stellar performance today but we dug in and took our chances when they came.

“I've played with Alex a long time and it's really sweet to link up and see that corner come off."

Hollie Webb opened the scoring for Great Britain
Hollie Webb opened the scoring for Great Britain in their 2-0 victory over China to win the World League semi-final in Valencia ©Getty Images

In the third place match, Germany overcame Argentina to win the coveted third automatic Olympic qualification place.

All four teams have qualified for the Hockey World League Final, scheduled to take place in Rosario, Argentina, from December 5 to 13.

Earlier in the day, South Africa beat Ireland 4-0 to take seventh place, while the United States were in a determined mood as they contained Spain to win 3-1 and claim fifth spot. 

Individual awards were presented to Spain's Georgina Oliva, the player of the tournament, as well as Britain’s Maddie Hinch, goalkeeper of the tournament, and Germany’s Charlotte Stapenhorst, young player of the tournament.

The top goalscorer accolade was shared between Argentina’s Carla Rebecchi and Britain’s Sophie Bray, who notched five goals apiece.

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