Israel celebrate their semi-final victory @IBSA

Great Britain's women fell agonisingly short of the International Blind Sports Federation Goalball European Championship final, losing 4-3 to Israel.

Having shocked Pool X winners Russia 6-2, Britain were in great form going into the last-four clash at StadtHalle, Rostock.

At the interval the score was 1-1, with the match on a knife-edge, but Israel were just too strong in the second half. 

In the other game, Turkey were convincing 7-0 winners over Germany.  

The first semi-final in the men's event was between Ukraine and Turkey.

The Ukrainians had stormed into the last four with five successive victories, while Turkey scraped through after a 7-5 win over Finland. 

However, Turkey were 1-0 up at halftime and a surprise looked on the cards, but three goals in the second half saw Ukraine through to the final. 

In the second semi-final, defending champions Lithuania were up against Germany in a rematch of the 2017 final and it turned into a classic.

Germany had two first-half penalties saved, but still led 2-0 at the break. 

But Lithuania weren't going to give up their crown lightly and a last-gasp equaliser to make the score 3-3 pushed the match into golden goal. 

Their luck ran out, however, thanks to a penalty from Germany's Michael Feistle. 

The bronze- and gold-medal games take place tomorrow.