Ireland’s victory secures a spot in the 2013 Championships
26. August, EHC in Mönchengladbach, Men: Ireland – Russia 8:2 (5:1)
26.08.2011 – The relegation match between Ireland and Russia was a one-sided match right from the beginning. Ireland, having already three league points in the pool C took the initiative right from the start and played fast and efficient hockey. They were rewarded with three fast goals by Michael Watt, Michael Darling and Eugene Magee in the first 25 minutes of the match.
Rain delay doesn’t dampen Spain’s hard fought victory.
26. August, EHC in Mönchengladbach, Men: Spain – France 2:1 (1-1)
26.08.2011 – Also in the relegation Pool, Spain battled it out in terrible conditions, the first half ended a draw 1-1 and then we had a “rain delay” while an anticipated storm passed. The second half was really a battle of wits with the Spanish taking their chance in the 62nd minute and a goal from Marc Salles.
First semi-final is an Orange Day!
26 August, EHC in Mönchengladbach, Men: Belgium – Netherlands 4:2 (2-2)
26.08.2011 – The first semi-final of the day was a cracking game in the first half with The Netherlands taking the early lead from Valentin Verga. Belgium equalised in the 22nd minute and the score was an even 2-2 at half time. In the second half the Dutch were simply too good for the Belgian team, punishing all errors.
Germany beats England and gets into the final
26. August, Gant EuroHockey Championships in Moenchengladbach,
Men: Germany – England 3:0 (1:0)
Germany won its semi-final against England 3:0 (1:0) and will challenge the Netherlands in the final on Sunday. Because of the horrendous rain the match was paused for over one hour 23 minutes before the end. Christopher Zeller, Oskar Deecke and Oliver Korn scored and shot Germany into the final.
In the first half the DHB-Team had more possession, but England had the more dangerous chances. Nevertheless Zeller got the ball after 15 minutes and flicked it in the goal.
When play resumed for the final 23 minutes England got better, but Germany scored. In the 60th minute Oskar Deecke ripped a reverse high into the net and the DHB-team increased their lead. After that Max Weinhold had to save two English penalty corners. Three minutes before the end Oliver Korn smashed the ball into the empty net after keeper Nick Brothers was beaten. In the last minutes Germany defended well and secured the victory.
Photograph: GANT EuroHockey Championship men, Wouter Jolie and Taeke Taekema celebrate