HOCKEY

Rio Olympics Hockey: Great Britain, Netherlands Secure Final Place.

The Netherlands beat Germany in a sudden-death shootout to reach the final of the Olympic women's hockey tournament and keep the target of a third successive gold medal in their sights.

The contest had finished 1-1 and it took 14 shots to get a result in the shootout which ended 4-3, with Ellen Hoog drilling home the winner.

The Netherlands, the dominant force in the sport, will meet Great Britain in the final.

The Netherlands had the better of the first quarter, mounting a number of fast attacks, but Germany took a surprise lead in the 10th minute when the ball bounced free from a penalty corner and Lisa Schutze banged it in.

The women in orange wasted no time in grabbing an equalizer in the first minute of the second quarter when Maartje Paumen took the set up from a penalty corner and drilled the ball home.

Hoog scored the sudden-death winner following a string of misses after the teams were tied at 2-2 from the first five mandatory shots.

They will face Britain, who beat New Zealand 3-0, with two goals coming from Alex Danson.

Britain led 1-0 at halftime and it was a close-fought match until the women in red made it safe with two goals from penalties in the last 10 minutes.

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