It means they join the Netherlands in Sunday’s decider for the medal hoping to go one better than two years ago in Boom.
Semi finalists confirmed after Spain tame Red Panthers and England defeat Germany. photo Koen Suyk
An inspired display by Italy goalkeeper Martina Chirico and some superb defending by the Azzurri proved to be in vain as Helen Richardson-Walsh’s 25th goal for England and a late goal from Nicola White gave England a 2-0 win.
It took Netherlands just 10 minutes to discover their scoring ways in their match against Spain at the Unibet Euro Hockey Championships
Day one over at the Unibet European Hockey Championships
Kerry hands a recall to Holcombe’s Sam Quek and a first call up to Leicester goalkeeper Sabbie Heesh. photo Ady Kerry
Cullen, who has 79 caps and 32 goals for Great Britain and was the top penalty corner scorer at the London 2012 Games
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After a quiet first quarter the game sprung into life in the second with goals from Alex Danson and Laura Unsworth.
Great Britain triumphed on home turf in the Investec Private Banking International overcoming Japan 2-1
The goals came in the third and fourth quarters as University of Birmingham’s Lily Owsley and East Grinstead’s Sophie Bray converted chances to seal the win.