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Last Updated: Monday September 07 2009 05:47 GMT

England women win Euro semi-final

Jill Scott scores for England

England's women's football team are one win from becoming European Champions after a thrilling semi-final victory.

They scored a goal with just five minutes left in extra-time to beat the Netherlands and earn a spot in Thursday's final in Helsinki, Finland.

England opened the scoring when Kelly Smith scored in the first half, but the Netherlands quickly hit back.

England had lots of chances to win the match, but missed them all until Jill Scott thumped in her late header.

England will play either Germany or Norway in the final. Their semi-final takes place on Monday.

It's the first time England have got to a major final since 1984, when they lost to Sweden in the first ever European Championship.

Kelly Smith celebrates her goal
Kelly Smith opened the scoring for England in the first half

England were expected to beat the Netherlands, as they are eight places ahead of them in the world rankings.

Fantastic result

After the win defender Casey Stoney said: "We are gathering momentum now, we know we have still got a lot to give in terms of playing, we haven't even reached third gear yet so we are hoping we can produce a great display come Thursday for the final.

"It was a fantastic result but we know we now need to go on and win the tournament."