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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 August, 2003, 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
Disappointment for England
England fell at the final hurdle at the European learning disability football championships, losing 2-1 to arch-rivals Holland in Portugal.

It was revenge for the Dutch who lost to England in last year's World Cup final in Japan and in an earlier pool game in this tournament.

The exertions of a tense penalty shoot-out win over Poland, combined with a programme of five games in ten days, finally took its toll on England.

After 24 minutes, they fell a goal behind as the Dutch took advantage of a momentary lapse in the England backline.

A little bit more composure in front of goal may have made all the difference
FA Technical Director Jeff Davis

Two minutes later, England goalkeeper Wes Jackman had to pull off a superb save to deny the Dutch again as they started to pile on the pressure.

Just after half-time, England were back on level terms when a Ronnie Watson free-kick was spilled by the Dutch 'keeper and Brad Brotherton netted the rebound from three yards out.

But on 65 minutes, a well worked move from Holland resulted in a fine finish that gave Jackman no chance, to put Holland 2-1 ahead and it was a lead they never lost.


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