Thursday 26 April 2018

Holland too good for England in semi-final

Mirco Pruijser (right) scored twice as Holland booked their place in the final of the EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam
Mirco Pruijser (right) scored twice as Holland booked their place in the final of the EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam

Hosts Holland brushed England aside 3-1 to set up a final against Belgium at the men's EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam.

Mirco Pruijser scored twice as Holland kept on course for a successful title defence.

Although Mark Gleghorne pulled a goal back on 42 minutes from a penalty corner, the Dutch were always in control, cheered on by a partisan support at the Wagener Stadium.

Belgium, meanwhile, came through after a 2-0 penalty shoot-out victory against Germany, the six-time champions, to join their women's team in making the final.

The semi-final ended 2-2 after a late goal from Germany's Benedikt Furk, but the six-time champions saw all four of their efforts in the shoot out stopped by Vincent Vanasch.

Earlier, Ireland were beaten 1-0 by Spain in Pool C.

England's women also lost their semi-final against Holland, so will meet Germany in a third-place play-off on Saturday, when Scotland will be looking to beat the Czech Republic in their battle to avoid relegation to the EuroHockey Nations Challenge while Ireland play Spain.

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