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Southampton's Alex Danson sends England into EuroHockey final
9:18am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
Southampton's Alex Danson fired in the decisive penalty as England's women beat Olympic champions Holland in a shootout to reach the EuroHockey final for the first time in 22 years.
The semi-final finished 1-1 after 70 minutes in Antwerp and the teams were level at 2-2 after five penalties each, with Maddie Hinch making three saves to take it to sudden death.
Helen Richardson and Eva de Goede both saw their penalties stopped, but Danson netted and a further save from Hinch saw England through.
The first half finished goalless, with England having to hang on as the Dutch earned six penalty corners in the opening 15 minutes and largely dominated play.
Despite that, they went into the break level and had the lead after 52 minutes, as Sally Walton's ball forward went in off a Dutch stick.
The world number ones would not be denied for long, though, and De Goede scored an impressive reverse flick to level the scores.
Walton left the game with an injury to her right leg with five minutes to go before the game went to penalties.
Danson and Richardson both scored in the first round of five but so did Roos Drost and Willemijn Bos, before Hinch was the hero in sudden death.
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