EuroHockey Championships: England 0 Netherlands 8
PUBLISHED: 20:12 23 August 2019 | UPDATED: 20:12 23 August 2019
England’s women were put to the sword by the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships in Belgium on Friday.
The Dutch scored eight unanswered goals in a totally one-sided encounter in Antwerp, netting once in the first quarter and adding seven more in the next 40 minutes in a rampant display.
Mark Hager's English team must now pick themselves up from huge disappointment as they face a bronze medal match on Sunday.
Only the winners of these Euros qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so the Great Britain women and men's teams will now play in two-legged Olympic qualifiers on home soil in October and November.
Both sides got into decent positions in the first 10 minutes, but the Dutch took control of proceedings with Laurien Leurink firing home from a penalty corner after Maddie Hinch made the initial save.
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One behind at the end of the first quarter, England still had a foothold at this point, but once Lidewij Welten scored an excellent second, the Dutch were in control.
Caia van Maasakker made it 3-0 just before the break with a superb drag flick, and Marloes Keetels and Xan de Waard added another two goals between them in the third quarter as the Dutch continued to dominate.
Hinch made a couple of good stops in the England goal, but the defensive line were unable to cope with wave after wave of attack and conceded another three in the final 15 minutes.
Van Maasakker added a second corner before Welten got her own second of the match, and then Leurink doubled her tally on the night to round off the scoring.
There was no getting away from the fact that England were comprehensively beaten, and although the Dutch are world champions and the globe's number one ranked side, the scoreline was hugely disappointing for Hager's team.
England: Hinch, Unsworth, Toman, Ansley, Pearne-Webb (c), Evans, Rayer, Owsley, Townsend, Martin, Petter. Subs: Balsdon, Defroand, Petty, McCallin, Howard, Hunter. Unused: Tennant.
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