Semi-Final Netherlands 3 – 3 (1 – 2) (4 – 3 SO) Belgium
|Belgium||FREYLING Cyril||BRINK Hidde||No Goal||0 – 0|
|Netherlands||SCHOENAKER Siem||VANDENBROUCKE Simon||No Goal||0 – 0|
|Belgium||CAYTAN Antoine||BRINK Hidde||Goal||0 – 1|
|Netherlands||SCHOLS Louis||VANDENBROUCKE Simon||Goal||1 – 1|
|Belgium||ESQUELIN Emile||BRINK Hidde||Goal||1 – 2|
|Netherlands||de GEUS Jonas||VANDENBROUCKE Simon||Goal||2 – 2|
|Belgium||LUYTEN Timothy||BRINK Hidde||Goal||2 – 3|
|Netherlands||de VILDER Derck||VANDENBROUCKE Simon||Goal||3 – 3|
|Belgium||DELAVIGNETTE Romain||BRINK Hidde||No Goal||3 – 3|
|Netherlands||STEENMETSER Rolf||VANDENBROUCKE Simon||Goal||4 – 3|
Germany opened the scoring to a terrific shot on the turn from Knobling. He doubled the score in the 26th minute handed to him by some immaculate skills Bock. The score was 2-0 at half time and the German’s made sure of the game in the 51st minute via a L.Harms penalty corner. 2 quick goals in the 62 and 63rd ensured the German’s would face their rivals, The Netherlands again in the U18 EuroHockey Championship Final tomorrow.
Italy picked up their first win of the boys EuroHockey Youth Championships with a superb performance to see off the Czech Republic and give themselves a chance of avoiding relegation.
The Czech Republic made most of the early running but it was Italy who took the lead in the 14th minute when Pietro Lago got on the end of a flowing move, pumping home from mid-circle.
And they were flying in the second half with a series of goals in quick succession. Lago made it 2-0 with a brilliant diving finish from close range. Sandy Grosso then set up Henry Foerster to finish off a great move from a penalty corner.
Matthias Malucchi got the fourth before the Czech Republic pulled one back via Denis Tomes from a corner in the last ten minutes. But Davide Paolacci tapped in the fourth late on to complete the win.
The majority of the damage was done in the first half hour with four Spanish goals before the second half proved a fractious affair with lots of cards being shown.
Ireland had the first major chance, though, Rafael Alvarez Reville making an incredible diving save from Andrew O’Hare’s close range touch. Within 30 seconds, Spain had their first goal, Alejandro Alvarez shooting a high reverse into the roof of the net.
Enrique Zorita fired in a low drag-flick soon after before Alvaro Tello made it 3-0 in the 17th minute when he finished off Cesar Curiel’s cross. Sam Cortes added another corner goal for the fourth on the half hour for an imposing advantage which Ireland never really looked like reducing.
Five players had been sin-binned in the first half and the trend for cards followed in the second half with Spain receiving a red card while three Irish players took yellows, reducing them to eight for a time. Zorita scored his second from a powerful drag-flick with seven minutes to complete the result.
It means Spain are safe with one game to go against the Czech Republic while Ireland and Italy meet on Saturday with the winner retaining their place in the top tier.
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