GB qualify for semi-finals despite defeat

Olympics 2012 Crista Cullen celebrating v Netherlands

Great Britain women qualified for their first Olympic semi-final since Atlanta in 1996 despite going down to a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands at a packed Riverbank Arena this evening.

Second half goals from Kitty van Male and the impressive Naomi van As gave the Dutch a fifth straight win in Pool A, but with China losing 1-0 to Japan earlier in the day, the home nation were already guaranteed a place in the last four of the hockey competition before the game got underway tonight. Crista Cullen scored Great Britain’s only goal from a first half penalty corner.

As runners-up behind the Netherlands, Great Britain will now play the winners of Pool B, World Champions Argentina, at 8pm on Wednesday for a place in the final. Meanwhile, the reward for the Dutch is a last four clash against New Zealand.

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