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EuroHockey Championship: England beat Ireland to boost World Cup hopes

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England hockey player Sarah EvansEvans's two goals helped turned the match England's way

England came from a goal down to beat Ireland 5-1 at the EuroHockey Championships and keep their hopes of reaching the 2022 World Cup alive.

Deirdre Duke's ninth-minute goal gave Ireland the lead in their Pool C meeting in Amsterdam.

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But England piled on the pressure with Anna Toman levelling from a penalty corner before two Sarah Evans strikes before half-time put them in control.

Giselle Ansley added another before a late Jo Hunter goal.

Victory for England over Scotland on Saturday (17:45 BST) will secure fifth place at the tournament and a place at the World Cup.

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It is the first time in 15 European Championships that England have finished outside the top four.

"I'm really pleased. We were hugely disappointed not to reach the semi-finals, but this one was a big one for us," said Toman. "Now we can look forward to playing Scotland."

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