EuroHockey 2015: England beat Germany as Scotland earn first win

England outclass Germany to reach semis
EuroHockey Championships
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Dates: 21-30 August
Coverage: All England, Scotland and Ireland matches live on BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, tablets, mobiles and app, plus selected commentaries on Radio 5 live sports extra.

A hat-trick from Alex Danson helped England beat Germany 4-1 to secure top spot in Pool B at the EuroHockey Championships at London's Olympic Park.

Sophie Bray opened the scoring for England against the reigning European champions before Danson added a second.

Kristina Hillmann pulled one back for Germany but Danson added two more to seal an emphatic victory.

England will face Spain, who are also unbeaten, in Friday's semi-finals, while Germany play the Netherlands.

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"Germany are a quality side so we knew we had to bring our A-game," said Reading's Danson.

"We're absolutely delighted with the win.

"It was a fantastic first half particularly. Going two goals up so early held us in good stead for the rest of the game."

Meanwhile, Scotland avoided finishing bottom of Pool B with a 3-1 win against Italy.

After a goalless first half, Leigh Fawcett scored just 51 seconds after half-time following a penalty corner before Becky Merchant doubled the lead on her 100th cap from close range.

Seconds later Chiara Tiddi halved Italy's deficit, only for Kareena Marshall to restore Scotland's two-goal advantage with a low shot from another penalty corner.

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