For the first time in the history on the Indoor Hockey Championship Austria will face Germany in the Final tomorrow at 14:30.
ENGLAND v SWEDEN
Sweden started the match ready to redeem itself, with a goal after 2 minutes by no. 10 Johan Bjorkam. In the 9th minute, they struck again with a goal by no. 10 Johan Bjorkman (0-2). England then began its rebound with a goal by no. 11 Griffiths and shortly after with the equalizer via no. 3 Ben Arnold (2-2). Not to be deterred, Sweden’s Johan Bjorkman scored to regain the lead (2-3) in the 15th minute. Two minutes later, England’s no.3, Ben Arnold scored the equalizer after evading the Swedish defense (3-3). Sweden answered back with a hat trick from no.10 Johan Bjorkman the halftime score was 3-4.
In the 22nd minute, England was awarded a PC and no.8, Sam Ward, scored the equaliser (4-4).In the 32nd minute, Sweden took the advantage with a second goal by no. 10 Johan Bjorkman (4-5). With 4 minutes left in the clock, England equalized, goal by no. 10 David Beckett (5-5). Within seconds, no. 8 Sam Ward pushed England in the lead (6-5), but Sweden was quick to equalize, by Johan Bjorkman (his DOUBLE hat trick!) (6-6). With 90 seconds on the clock, Bjorkman scored again for the seventh time in this match (6-7), clinching the victory for Sweden. A remarkable game for the young Swede.
NETHERLANDS v CZECH REPUBLIC
Netherlands broke the deadlock in the 12th minute, with a goal from no.8 Mirco Pruijser.No. 7 Timmo Kranstauber scored the second goal within a minute and a third goal a minute later, in the 13th minute (3-0). In the 18th minute, no. 12 Teun Rohof scored for the Netherlands, creating a solid 4-0 lead for the first half.
The second half started slowly, with the Netherlands’ no. 12 Teun Rohof scoring in the 27th minute (5-0). In the 33rd minute, no. 8 Mirco Pruijser gave the Netherlands a 6-0 lead. With 4 minutes to go, Czech Republic were awarded a PC and no. 7 Stepan Bernatek scored the first and only Czech goal of the match , as the match ended 6-1.
RUSSIA v AUSTRIA – First Semi-Final
The first semifinal here in Vienna promised to be a treat. Austria and Russia are the only 2 teams in the history of the EuroHockey Indoor Championships to have beaten the Kings of Indoor hockey Germany and lift this Trophy.
Russia came in ready to challenge the host in the first semi-final as they scored within seconds of the first whistle, goal by no.8 Alexander Likov (1-0). In the 6th minute, Austria equalised with a goal from no. 21 Patrick Schmidt (1-1). After many opportunities and some great defending on both sides, Austria took the lead with a goal in the 18th minute by no.5 Sebastian Eitenberger and a third goal came a few moments later by no. 13 captain Benjamin Stanzl. This brought the halftime score to 1-3 as the home crowd cheered loudly!
The second half started with a bang as Russia was awarded a PC and no. 10 Alexander Zhirkov scored (2-3) in the 21st minute. In the 26th no. 9 Michael Korper scored for Austria from a stroke (2-4) but Russia quickly replied as no.?? scored (3-4). In the 30th minute, no. 21 Dmitry Azarov equalised for Russia (4-4). With 2 minutes to go, Austria’s no. 22, Dominik Monghy scored with a superb reverse flick, taking Austria to the Final! Final score 4-5 and the crowd went wild!
GERMANY v POLAND – Second Semi-Final
Quickest goal of the tournament in the opening of the second semi-final, as Germany’s no. 8 Richardo Nevado gave Germany an early lead (1-0). In the 7th minute, Germany scored again, no. 27 Daniel von Dranchenfels (2-0). Poland answered in the 9th minute with a drag flick from no. 8 Michal Raciniewski (2-1) from a PC. The 13th minute saw another German goal, once again by no. 8 Richardo Nevado (3-1). 2 minutes later, Richardo Nevado scored his hat trick, bringing Germany to a 4-1 lead. In the very last minute of the first half, Germany’s no. 5 Constantin Staib scored bringing the halftime score to 5-1.
The second half brought another Polish goal in the 25th minute, by no.8 Dariusz Rachwalski (5-2). A sixth German goal in the 28th minute by no.5 Constantin Staib (6-2) was quickly followed in the same minute another goal by no. 4 Felix Knoblauch (7-2). Germany’s captain, no. 21 Moritz Fuerste scored his first goal of the match in the 32nd minute, bringing the score to 8-2. An unattended goal made it easy for Germany to score its 9th goal, once again by no. 5 Constanti Staib (hat trick!) (9-2). With 3 minutes left on the clock and the game all but won, Germany continued its attack, with no. 4 Felix Knoblauch easily scoring with a reverse flick. Final score of 10-2 takes Germany to the final to meet Austria!
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