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England women's bid for Euro glory is crushed by Dutch

Netherlands women 3 England women 0

By Andy Hampson

England saw their dreams of winning Women's Euro 2017 shattered by a 3-0 semi-final loss to hosts Holland in Enschede. Goals either side of half-time from Arsenal pair Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk secured victory for the vibrant Dutch before a last-gasp own goal from Millie Bright compounded England's misery.

Manager Mark Sampson was forced into two changes with injured goalkeeper Karen Bardsley replaced by Siobhan Chamberlain and the experienced Fara Williams taking the place of suspended Jill Scott in midfield.

His side were rarely in the contest. Holland took the early initiative, clearly charged by the passionate support of the orange-clad fans that made up the majority of the sell-out crowd at FC Twente's 30,000-capacity home.

Midway through the first half, Jackie Groenen whipped in a dangerous cross and Miedema planted a firm header back across goal and inside the post.

That produced a strong response from England and within moments they hit the woodwork as a powerful header from Jade Moore was blocked on the line and deflected onto the post.

Steph Houghton curled a free-kick over and a long-range effort from Lucy Bronze flew wide.

There were signs of frustration in the second half as Moore was booked for a tackle on Van de Donk and Jordan Nobbs badly mistimed a challenge.

England were punished for a defensive horror show just after the hour as Williams attempted to head back towards her own goal. Houghton was caught unawares and Van de Donk pounced.

Williams did not last much longer as Toni Duggan was sent on in the hope of rescuing the game but it was not to be.

Taylor did fashion a good chance for herself but Sari van Veenendaal saved well.

Bright then diverted a Renate Jansen shot into her own net in the last action of the game .

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