Final blow to England

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The Netherlands reached the final of the European Championship when they beat England in blustery conditions in their semi-final here yesterday.

The Dutch took the lead after 17 minutes when the Dutch captain, Marc Delissen, converted a penalty stroke.

They went further ahead after 30 minutes from a penalty corner which resulted from an unnecessary foul by Julian Halls on Venn. Walter Drenth converted his first corner of the tournament.

After 17 minutes of the second half England finally broke through when Calum Giles, with a high drag shot, slammed the ball past the Dutch goalkeeper. England will now play Belgium, who lost 4-0 to Germany, tomorrow for the bronze medal.

ENGLAND: D Luckes (East Grinstead); P McGuire (Teddington), J Halls (Old Loughtonians); S Hazlitt (Hounslow), Soma Singh (Southgate, capt), N Thompson (Old Loughtonians), R Garcia (Polo Barcelona); J Shaw (Southgate), Kalbir Takher (Cannock), R Thompson (Hounslow), J Laslett (Teddington). Substitutes used: C Giles (Havant) and C Mayer (Cannock).

THE NETHERLANDS: R Jansen; E Jazet; W van Pelt, W Drenth, B Poortenaar; J Brinkman, M Delissen (capt), L Klein Gebbink; S Veen, T de Nooijer, R van Wijk. Substitute used: M Eikelboom.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (Dublin). 5th/8th place: Ireland 3 Spain 1; Wales 1 Poland 3. Semi-finals: ; Germany 4 Belgium 0.

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