Day 1 RoundUp EuroHockey Championship II, Gniezno

Posted On 16/08/2021

Italy and Switzerland topped the pools overnight in Gniezno as the EuroHockey Championship II got underway. With 5 World Cup Qualification slots available to these teams, every match and every goal could really matter.

Match 1: Austria v Switzerland 0-2 (Pool B)

Against the run of play and indeed the world rankings, the Swiss team took all 3 points on offer in the opening game of the EuroHockey Championship II here in Gniezno. Austria is currently ranked 19th with Switzerland 19 places below as 38th ranked.

GRANDCHAMP opened the scoring in the 48th minute, a lucky bounce in the circle which he didn’t hesitate to pounce on. STOMPS doubled the score in the 58th minute via a penalty stroke. Austria earned a number of corners but was unable to find the mark to change the result.

Match 2: Scotland v Ukraine (Pool B)

A magical spell of 4 minutes in the 12th, 13th, and 15th minute saw Scotland take complete control of the game with MCCONNELL, FORSYTH, and HARWOOD on target.

Ukraine had a fantastic comeback in the second half with goals from KALINCHUK and SOLOMIANYI to bring the score back to 3-2.

The final quarter started with more urgency from Scotland and the pressure started to show on Ukraine as their captain found himself in the sin-bin (yellow card).

The 4th goal from a direct penalty corner from GOLDEN gave Scotland the cushion they thought they needed to finish out the game but Ukraine was having none of it and 2 quick goals from

Match 3: Italy v Croatia 4-1 (Pool A)

In a game full of drama in the 4th quarter as Italy was deemed to have 12 players on the field (this was subsequently claried as 11), saw Italy take all 3 points on offer and sit top of Pool A overnight.

MUCIĆ put Croatia ahead in the 7th minute with Italy equalising just before halftime.

Italy went ahead via MUCIĆ with an amazing backhand strike from the baseline. Croatia, now chaing the games opted for a powerplay but Italy took advantage of the empty net to go ahead again 3-1, and again in the 59th minute to seal the game.

Match 4: Ireland v Poland (Pool A)

Ireland faced the home team, Poland in the final game of the day. Poland began well forcing the Irish keeper into action early on, but the defence held strong.

WALKER opened for Ireland at the end of the first quarter, but as expected Poland countered with a strike from SUDOL in the 41st minute. Both teams had chances to go ahead but it took a late goal (in the 60th minute) a deflection from MCKEE to secure the win.

Pool standings:

Pool A

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1Italy11004133
2Ireland11002113
3Poland100112-10
4Croatia100114-30

Pool B

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1Switzerland11002023
2Scotland10104401
2Ukraine10104401
4Austria100102-20

Today’s games:

16 Aug

TimeTeamsTitle
16:45UKR – SUIPool B
19:00AUT – SCOPool B

All games live on www.eurohockeytv.org

Photograph: Switzerland (courtesy of Swiss Hockey)

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