Hockey: European final shootout agony for England women
Last Updated: 24/08/13 7:48pm
Germany celebrate European title
England women suffered an agonising penalty shootout defeat to Germany after an epic 4-4 draw in their EuroHockey final.
England were trying to win their first European title in 22 years and reached the final thanks to a penalty shootout win over Holland on Friday.
But their defeat to the Germans, 2-0 in the shootout, was heartbreaking.
Jason Lee's side twice took the lead in a rollercoaster first half, first through Georgie Twigg and then Kate Walsh.
Eileen Hoffman replied first for Germany and a double strike from Tina Bachmann made it 3-2.
Back came England, Helen Richardson levelled up the match but at the end of a stunning first half Hannah Kruger put Germany 4-3 ahead.
It remained that way until the closing stages but just as England's hopes looked over, Lily Owsley's strike was deflected in off Susie Gilbert four minutes before full-time.
But in the shootout Walsh, Alex Danson, Laura Unsworth and Twigg all missed from their penalty attempts, which meant they had to settle for the silver medal after Germany scored from two of their three attempts.
Germany's success is a measure of revenge for their 1991 defeat to England in this competition - the last time these two sides met in a European final.