After 20 games, 103 goals and 7 days of wonderful fast flowing hockey we have our Champions as Germany beat England 5-3 in the Final. Possibly a fitting end for Valentin Atterburg’s team as two years ago the German team dedicated their bronze medal to the Spanish team who had been struck down by the norovirus virus and unable to play the game. Today their tournament ended with Gold.

Match 20: Germany v England (Final) 5-3 

Germany started the game at a very fast pace putting immediate pressure on the English defence. England was happy to sit at half-court press and soak up the pressure. The English keeper was called into action in the 11th minute with a cross over the face of the goal. The second quarter started as the first finished with the England defence under pressure. A strike from Hartkopf in the 19th minute as he shrugged off his marker and smashed the ball into the back of the goal to get Germany on the scoreboard. Hinrichs had a shot brilliantly saved by Payne, but minutes later Hartkopf again found himself free to take a shot on target and double Germany’s lead. England got on the scoresheet via a brilliant pc strike from Rushmere in overtime. The score was 2-1 at half time.

Germany added a third via SCHIFFER in the 32nd minute and a hattrick for Hartkopf in the 44th minute brought the score to 4-1 and making a comeback by England a tough job. Germany converted a pc in the 57th minute to stretch their lead to 5-1. England’s Oates thumped the ball from the top of the D to beat Stadler in the 58th minute and then were able to convert a pc in the 59th to make the score 5-3 and give the England supporters a rousing last quarter.

Speaking to Valentin ALTENBURG, the German Coach  “I am very proud as it was a very tough game, I have to say that I am very surprised about the development of England during the tournament, they asked everything from us today. We needed everything we had from the first to the last moment and they were very hard to play.”

Talking about what makes this team special he said “My boys had a goal to win this Championships in a very clear manner. They wanted to make it clear, they never stopped playing today. They are a very good team, they wanted the win as a team and that was done well today.” 

Match 19: Spain v Netherlands (Bronze medal game) 1-3

In the men’s bronze medal match the Netherlands face the host Spain. In the 7th minute, the Dutch had a big chance but the Spanish goalie saved. Some minutes later, the Spanish attacker intercepted a pass from the Dutch defence but his shot was deflected wide. Spain put a lot of pressure on the Dutch defence. But 7th minutes before half time, it was Scheen who opened the score with a rocket of a flick from a penalty corner for the Netherlands. Bijen followed up immediately to double the lead for the Dutch. Spain hit the post on a penalty corner just before the break but on the counter, Charbon fired it home to make it 3-0 for the Dutch team.

A few seconds into the second half, Tello put one back for Spain. In the third quarter, the Spanish team were looking to score more goals to get back in the game. But the Dutch were defending well and their goalie made some important saves. Both teams were really strong in the duels in the last minutes of the game. But the Netherlands kept their lead and the bronze medal match 3-1 against the host.

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Earlier today the Pool C, relegation pool was decided as Belgium, France, Austria and Poland battled it out to see who would stay in the division and who would be playing EuroHockey Junior Championship II in 2022.

Match 17: Belgium v Austria 5-0 

Belgium assured its place in the next edition of the EuroHockey Junior Championships with a 5-0 win over bottom-ranked Austria. Belgium opened with a goal from play via Duvekot in the 8th minute. They added 3 more before half-time from Ghilslain and a brace of penalty corners from Muschs. The score was 4-0 at half time. Stockbroekx added the fifth from play at the start of the 4th quarter. Final score 5-0.

Match 18: France v Poland 2-1

A critical game for both teams as they were fighting to stay in the Championship division. Poland needed to win to overturn their 3rd place, a draw would be sufficient for France. It was a slow start to the game, both teams out-letting from the back with not a lot of pressure from the others and they looked for the gaps in their opposition. Glowacki for Poland had a chance in the 7th minute, but his shot was way off target, much to his frustration. France got on the scoreboard in the 13th minute via a close-range shot from Desgouillons. The score was 1-0 at half time. France doubled its lead in the 42nd minute via Curty. Poland replied in the 45th minute, also a close-range shot from Jarzynski and this gave Poland a boost. They gave everything in the final 8 minutes of the game. Forcing 2 penalty corners, both saved by France and to the relief of the French defence. Final score 2-1 and France keep their Championship status.

Final Ranking Pool C: 

 
Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 14 1 13 9
2 France 3 2 0 1 9 5 4 6
3 Poland 3 1 0 2 4 10 -6 3
4 Austria 3 0 0 3 3 14 -11 0

Individual Awards: 

Top Scorer: Raphael Hartkopf (Germany)

Best Goalkeeper: Alexander Stadler (Germany)

Best Player: Timothy Nurse (England)

Final Ranking: 

  1. Germany (Champions) 
    2. England
    3. The Netherlands
    4. Spain
    5. Belgium
    6. France
    7. Poland (relegated to Championship II)
    8. Austria (relegated to Championship II)

All games are available to watch back on  www.eurohockeytv.org 

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