Britain beat China in a shoot-out to claim their first points in the FIH Pro League ©Getty Images

Olympic champions Britain secured their first points in the women's International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League with a shoot-out victory over China in Changzhou.

Britain won the shoot-out 3-2 after the match at the Wujin Hockey Stadium - the first Pro League contest to be held in Asia - finished 2-2 following the end of normal time.

The result ended Britain's long wait for a win in the new tournament and moved the reigning Olympic champions up to seventh in the women's standings.

Argentina also earned victory in the women's competition as they beat Germany 4-3 in a shoot-out following a weather-affected match which was stopped numerous times owing to thunderstorms in Buenos Aires.

The two nations were also due to clash in a men's match in the Argentinian capital but the game was cancelled because of the inclement weather.

The FIH confirmed the contest would not be re-played and the game would be considered a 0-0 draw. 

Britain had made a poor start to the women's tournament and China threatened to extend their disappointing record when the hosts took a 1-0 lead through Liang Meiyu in the first period.

Argentina beat Germany in a weather-affected women's match in Buenos Aires ©Getty Images
Argentina beat Germany in a weather-affected women's match in Buenos Aires ©Getty Images

The visitors found their form in the second quarter, scoring twice in quick succession to turn the match on its head.

Lizzie Neal equalised with a clever backhand finish before Giselle Ansley sent her penalty corner drag-flick into the top corner.

That looked to have been enough for Britain to win in normal time but Gu Bingfeng scored a dramatic leveller two minutes from time.

Britain regrouped and held their nerve during the shoot-out as Anna Toman atoned for the error which gifted the Chinese a late equaliser by scoring the winner.

"It has been a tough journey for us in the Pro League so far," Britain's Lily Owsley said.

"We had zero points so today we put ourselves under a lot of pressure to get points on the board. 

"We went out to attack and also to enjoy ourselves. 

"This is the end of quite a long trip for us, but it has been enjoyable and, apart from the results, it has been a massive learning curve.”