In Pool A of the men’s Belfius EuroHockey Championships host country Belgium have reached the semis after a second consecutive win. The same goes for The Netherlands after beating Germany. Ireland could save a point with a late draw against Scotland. Spain is right back in the race for the semi-final places after a clear victory over Wales.
GERMANY – NETHERLANDS 2-3
Thierry Brinkman finished off an outstanding team move to score the vital goal in a thrilling 3-2 victory for the Netherlands over Germany to secure the first semi-final spot from men’s Pool B in Antwerp.
The Dutch led three times in a pulsating contest that flowed from end-to-end at real pace as two of the main title contenders showed what they can do. Mirco Pruijser and Timm Herzbruch exchanged first half goals before Billy Bakker and Lukas Windfeder did likewise in the third quarter, laying the base for Brinkman’s memorable winner.
Star man Pruijser said it was a great performance from his side: “The intensity pleased us most this evening. The high energy, the good rhythm and ball speed – a very good match.”
Goals: 21’ Mirco Pruijser (FG) 0-1, 25’ Timm Herzbruch (PS) 1-1, 40’ Billy Bakker (FG) 1-2, 42’ Lukas Windfeder (PC) 2-2, 51’ Thierry Brinkman (FG) 2-3
ENGLAND – BELGIUM 0-2
Belgium survived a high-class international contest as they made it two wins from two, making it through to the semi-final with a game to spare, impressing their own King Philippe who was among the sold out crowd at Wilrijkse Plein.
Penalty corner goals from Tom Boon and Alexander Hendrickx proved the difference but the Red Lions were also indebted to Vincent Vanasch who had an excellent game to keep his second clean sheet of the competition so far.
Arthur van Dooren (Belgium): “Today probably wasn’t our best game but, in the end, we got what we needed. We need a bit more composure and quality on the ball which is what we lacked and had against Spain. It?s still a tournament and we have to improve each game. The crowd was awesome today and we look forward to impressing them again!”
Goals: 15′ Tom Boon (PC) 0-1, 49′ Alexander Hendrickx (PC) 0-2
IRELAND – SCOTLAND 3-3
Ireland fought back from 3-1 down in the final five minutes to draw their Celtic derby with Scotland, leaving both sides to reflect on a close-run battle.
Tim Cross and Shane O’Donoghue both scored in quick succession in the last five minutes to complete the comeback and earn a point. O’Donoghue had earlier given Ireland a first quarter lead before Kenny Bain’s double and one from Craig Falconer saw Scotland lead 3-1 before those late goals.
Goals: 12′ Shane O’Donoghue (FG) 1-0, 28′ Kenny Bain (FG) 1-1, 33′ Kenny Bain (PC) 1-2, 51′ Craig Falconer (FG) 1-3, 55′ Tim Cross (FG) 2-3, 58′ Shane O’Donoghue (PS) 3-3
SPAIN – WALES 5-1
Spain bounced back from their opening day loss to Belgium to beat Wales with something to spare, putting them right back in the race for the semi-final places.
They built a 2-0 lead by quarter-time through Alvaro Iglesias and Pau Quemada to be in prime position before moving 4-0 clear via Vincenc Ruiz and Josep Romeu. Gareth Furlong did get one back from a corner but Quemada’s second earned a strong victory.
Goals: 3′ Alvaro Iglesias (FG) 1-0, 14′ Pau Quemada (PC) 2-0, 28′ Vincenc Ruiz (FG) 3-0, 36′ Josep Romeu (PC) 4-0, 42′ Gareth Furlong (PC) 4-1, 56′ Pau Quemada (FG) 5-1
First day of the tournament in Pool B of the women’s Belfius EuroHockey Championships. Germany started with a massive win over Belarus, England survived a tough Ireland to take their first win.
GERMANY – BELARUS 13-0
Germany powered past Belarus to record an imposing victory in the opening game of Pool B of the women’s Belfius EuroHockey Championships.
Five first half goals set them on their way and they barely looked back with another five in the third quarter extending their lead into double figures with Rebecca Grote top scoring with four.
Pia Maertens (Germany): “Really happy, it was a very good start. You don’t want to ‘over-pace’ in the first game and go too hard but a lot of us scored and we played really well. Next we have England which is the biggest game in our group so we will see what they can do!”
Goals: 15′ Nike Lorenz (PC) 1-0, 16′ Pia Maertens (FG) 2-0, 20′ Rebecca Grote (PC) 3-0, 23′ Rebecca Grote (PS) 4-0, 26′ Pia Maertens (FG) 5-0, 37′ Rebecca Grote (PC) 6-0, 40′ Cecile Pieper (FG) 7-0, 43′ Rebecca Grote (PC) 8-0, 43′ Lena Micheel (FG) 9-0, 44′ Selin Oruz (FG) 10-0, 46′ Anne Schroder (FG) 11-0, 47′ Nike Lorenz (FG) 12-0, 55′ Anne Schroder (FG) 13-0
ENGLAND – IRELAND 2-1
England survived a late Irish onslaught to win their first game in Pool B of the EuroHockey Championship in Antwerp with first half corner goals proving decisive.
Suzy Petty and Giselle Ansley scored one each before the big break for an imposing 2-0 lead and while Beth Barr got one back with 17 minutes to go, they held for a narrow 2-1 success.
Giselle Ansley (England): “We never expected to run away with it and it was a tough fight. We talk about home nations clashes as tough affairs and they were always going to come at us but we rode it out. They played with their heart on their sleeve and we had to match that. The intensity we took into the game we are pleased with and tournament hockey is about winning ugly if you have to.”
Goals: 15′ Suzy Petty (PC) 1-0, 28′ Giselle Ansley (PC) 2-0, 43′ Beth Barr (PC) 2-1
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