Germany and hosts The Netherlands lay down a marker

04/06/2021

The EuroHockey Championships got underway today in the Wagener Stadium. First up was the Men’s Pool B

Pool B

Match 1: Germany – Wales 8-1

Germany showed a clean set of heels to Wales as their strong win in the men’s EuroHockey Championships opening match saw them cruise to a comfortable win.

Their goals mostly came in waves, netting three times between the 12th and 18th minute to build a 3-0 lead from which they never looked back. And then they finished with a flurry in the closing minutes to inflate their margin of victory.

Constantin Staib got them up and running with a sharp rebound, mopping up after a messy penalty corner was half stopped by James Fortnam. Niklas Bosserhoff got the next with a rocket of a shot, picking up the ball on the right flank from Lukas Windfeder’s pin-point aerial pass.

Paul Philipp extended the lead to three in quick succession as he latched onto some hesitant defending to nick the ball and pump a shot through the goalkeeper. Gareth Furlong showed his corner prowess to get one back in the 21st minute but Windfeder found a similar route to goal for a 4-1 half-time lead.

The Germans kept coming in the second half but the damage was limited to just a Niklas Wellen finish from another initial corner that went awry but was worked back into the danger zone by Timur Oruz.

And they finished with a flourish with three goals in the last two minutes; Christopher Rühr’s brilliant run from halfway had a finish to match for 6-1; Staib got another from mid-circle and Timm Herzbruch completed the scoring from the penalty spot.

“To play a big tournament, especially after two or thee years, even being able to play in front of fans, it is amazing,” Florian Fuchs said of this result.

“The team performed particularly well. It was not just one player; the whole team was outstanding today! We are really happy and this is a good start to move forward from.”

Germany – Wales 8-1 (4-1)

12’ 1-0 Constantin Staib (FG)

15’ 2-0 Niklas Bosserhoff (PC)

18’ 3-0 Paul-Philipp Kaufman (FG)

21’ 3-1 Gareth Furlong (PC)

25’ 4-1 Lukas Windfeder (PC)

43’ 5-1 Niklas Wellen (FG)

58’ 6-1 Christopher Rühr (FG)

59’ 7-1 Constantin Staib (FG)

60’ 8-1 Timm Herzbruch (PS)

Match 2: Netherlands 3 v France 0

The Dutch delighted their home fans with a lively win over a competitive French side to get their EuroHockey Championship campaign up and running with victory.

It was played out in front of a healthy crowd of with the Wagener Stadium stands half-full in keeping with the guidelines laid out for this competition.

And they bore witness to an up-tempo contest with France giving as good as they got in the early stages. Victor Charlet had the first two corner chances but the latter slipped just wide while the Dutch overlaps caused plenty of scares in front of Arthur Thieffry’s well-guarded goal.

The Dutch breakthrough came midway through the second quarter from a series of five penalty corners. Charlet charged down most of the initial efforts but he was powerless to go down the barrel of Jip Janssen’s fifth drag, taking a heavy deflection off the runner off the right-post.

Antonin Igau came within inches of equalising when France pinched possession on the 23 and his shot bounced wide off a defensive block.

But the crucial goal came within a 25 seconds of the half-time hooter as the Netherlands broke up an attack and countered at pace, working the ball to Robbert Kemperman on the left. He skipped a perfectly directed pass to Billy Bakker whose shot from the right was turned in by Thierry Brinkman.

And they were further out of sight eight minutes into the second half when Jeroen Hertzberger scrambled in at close quarters for 3-0.

After that, the Dutch were in control and were able to stymie what threat the French even if Pieter van Straaten went within centimetres of getting one back. A couple of late corners were repelled and so a three-goal home win remained the case.

“We needed some rhythm, playing with this selection [of players] for the first time in a big tournament,” said Billy Bakker after the tie.

“We always need to improve and we are glad we kept the nil today; we want to score more goals and attack the circle to win more corners because we have two extremely dangerous weapons there.

“It means a lot to have the crowd here. We recognised its importance four years ago with 10,000 Dutch fans; now we are glad to have half the stadium and it gives us a lot of energy. We are really looking forward to our second game!”

Netherlands – France 3-0 (2-0)

23’ 1-0 Jip Janssen (PC)

30’ 2-0 Thierry Brinkman (FG)

38’ Jeroen Hertzberger (FG)

Umpires: P Vazquez (ESP), S Michielsen (BEL)

Germany 8 (C Staib 2, N Bosserhoff, P-P Kaufman, L Windfeder, N Wellen, C Rühr, T Herzbruch) Wales 1 (G Furlong)

Germany showed a clean set of wheels to Wales as their strong win in the men’s EuroHockey Championships opening match saw them cruise to a comfortable win.

Their goals mostly came in waves, netting three times between the 12th and 18th minute to build a 3-0 lead from which they never looked back. And then they finished with a flurry in the closing minutes to inflate their margin of victory.

Constantin Staib got them up and running with a sharp rebound, mopping up after a messy penalty corner was half stopped by James Fortnam. Niklas Bosserhoff got the next with a rocket of a shot, picking up the ball on the right flank from Lukas Windfeder’s pin-point aerial pass.

Paul Philipp extended the lead to three in quick succession as he latched onto some hesitant defending to nick the ball and pump a shot through the goalkeeper. Gareth Furlong showed his corner prowess to get one back in the 21st minute but Windfeder found a similar route to goal for a 4-1 half-time lead.

The Germans kept coming in the second half but the damage was limited to just a Niklas Wellen finish from another initial corner that went awry but was worked back into the danger zone by Timur Oruz.

And they finished with a flourish with three goals in the last two minutes; Christopher Rühr’s brilliant run from halfway had a finish to match for 6-1; Staib got another from mid-circle and Timm Herzbruch completed the scoring from the penalty spot.

“To play a big tournament, especially after two or thee years, even being able to play in front of fans, it is amazing,” Florian Fuchs said of this result.

“The team performed particularly well. It was not just one player; the whole team was outstanding today! We are really happy and this is a good start to move forward from.”

Germany – Wales 8-1 (4-1)

12’ 1-0 Constantin Staib (FG)

15’ 2-0 Niklas Bosserhoff (PC)

18’ 3-0 Paul-Philipp Kaufman (FG)

21’ 3-1 Gareth Furlong (PC)

25’ 4-1 Lukas Windfeder (PC)

43’ 5-1 Niklas Wellen (FG)

58’ 6-1 Christopher Rühr (FG)

59’ 7-1 Constantin Staib (FG)

60’ 8-1 Timm Herzbruch (PS)

Umpires: S Edwards (ENG), X Fenaert (FRA)

All games will be streamed on www.eurohockeytv.org (GEO blocking in Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales)

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Photograph: Christopher Rühr in full flight v Wales (EHF / World Sport pics)

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