Day 6 : England, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands make up the final four

Carlota Petchame’s single goal saw Spain earn a richly deserved 1-0 win over hosts Belgium to reach the semi-final of the women’s Belfius EuroHockey Championships. The Netherlands cruise into the semi-finals. In Pool B, England and Germany are into the semi’s.

POOL A: BELGIUM – SPAIN 0-1

Carlota Petchame’s single goal saw Spain earn a richly deserved 1-0 win over hosts Belgium to reach the semi-final of the women’s Belfius EuroHockey Championships. The Netherlands cruise into the semi-finals. In Pool B, England and Germany are into the semi’s.

It capped a controlled and composed performance, limiting the Belgians to just a small handful of chances across the hour. It meant Spain top Pool A with the Netherlands second and Belgium go into Pool C along with Russia.

Reflecting on the game, Oliva said: ‘We had a plan and performed it really well, did the basics right and got our goal and some corners. We have to be really happy with that.’

Goal: 34′ Carlota Petchame (FG) 0-1

ANTWERP – Belfius EuroHockey Championship Men and Women Belgium v Spain (Pool A) Photo: Maria Lopez WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK

POOL A: NETHERLANDS – RUSSIA 14 – 0

The Netherlands comfortably got the win they needed to cruise into the semi-finals with their first win in Pool A of the women’s competition.

It followed two draws but they never looked like losing this one, taking the lead just 19 seconds into the game and they went on to enjoy their evening in the Antwerp sun.

Goals: 1′ Eva de Goede 1-0 (PS), 15′ Lauren Stam 2-0 (PC), 17′ Eva de Goede 3-0 (FG), 19′ Caia van Maasakker 4-0 (PC), 24′ Marloes Keetels 5-0 (PC), 34′ Caia van Maasakker 6-0 (PC), 37′ Marijn Veen 7-0 (FG), 43′ Kelly Jonker 8-0 (FG), 47′ Lidewij Welten 9-0 (FG), 49′ Lidewij Welten 10-0 (FG), 51′ Margot van Geffen 11-0 (FG), 52′ Kelly Jonker 12-0 (FG), 54′ Marijn Veen 13-0 (FG), 58′ Frederique Matla 14-0 (FG)

ANTWERP – Belfius EuroHockey Championship Men and Women Netherlands v Russia (Pool A) Photo: Margot Van Geffen WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK

POOL B: IRELAND – GERMANY 1-1

All the goals came in the first quarter with Sarah Hawkshaw cancelling out a Pia Maertens goal but it was nowhere near the end of the action. Ireland threw everything forward in search of a winner but they rode their luck, too, with Germany missing a penalty stroke and seeing a goal disallowed. In the end, die Danas got the result that mattered.

Sonntag looked back on her own fine performance: ‘I would actually have preferred it to have been a bit quieter at the end. But we also showed again how strong our defense is.

‘We certainly made life difficult for ourselves. If you want to win, you have to be offensively strong and we did not guarantee that in the end.’

Goals: 8′ Pia Maertens (FG) 0-1,  15′ Sarah Hawkshaw (PC) 1-1

ANTWERP – Belfius EuroHockey Championship Men and Women Ireland v Germany (Pool B) Photo: Sarah Hawkshaw scored a goal WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT KOEN SUYK

POOL B: ENGLAND – BELARUS 4-3

Hannah Martin snatched a dramatic late winning goal for England in a heart-stopper to ensure they advance to the semi-finals of the women’s EuroHockey Championships in Antwerp.

Following two heavy defeats, conceding 24 goals, Belarus were massive underdogs against the unbeaten English but they fought back to level twice at 2-2 and 3-3 before succumbing to that late goal.

Goals: 9′ Lily Owsley (PC) 1-0 15′ Izzy Petter (FG) 2-0 16′ Karyna Syddykava (PC) 2-1 22′ Nastassia Syrayezhka (FG) 2-2 22′ Laura Unsworth (PC) 2-3 53′ Nataliia Shtsin (FG) 3-3, 56′ Hannah Martin (FG) 4-3

ANTWERP – Belfius EuroHockey Championship Men and Women England v Belarus (Pool B) Photo: Karyna Syddykava scored 2-1 and scored the first goal in the tournament for Belarus WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT KOEN SUYK

ATTENTION: Final match schedule women:

Friday 23/08:
13.30h RUS-BLR
15.45h BEL-IRL
18.00h ENG-NED
20.30h ESP-GER

Sunday 25/08:
9.00h IRL-RUS
11.15h BEL-BLR
13.30h Loser SF1 – Loser SF2       
16.00h Women’s Final

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