The fast-paced nature of the EuroHockey Championships was laid bare on Monday as England, sitting pretty atop Pool A in the morning after a fine opening win against Italy, suddenly saw their campaign venture to the wire as the sun set after a stilted defeat to Germany in Amstelveen.
Germany produced a polished, efficient performance for over three quarters of the game against England in a 2-0 win as Mark Hager’s side found themselves devoid of possession, attacking nous and composure at the Wagener Stadium.
It means that nothing less than a win against Belgium will do on Wednesday following Sonja Zimmerman’s PC strike and a ripping forehand from Jette Fleschutz, one of the goals of the tournament thus far.
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Wednesday: England v Belgium, 4pm BST