25.07.2015, Brussels; At the final day in Vilnius 4 games with still lots to play for!
Norway – Finland 1-3
The clash of the two Scandinavian neighbors turned out to be as exciting as expected. With yesterdays draws, both teams were in contention for a top spot in Pool C. Finland earned a penalty stroke after 12 minutes which gave them the lead and put the pressure on Norway who was now challenged on their top position in the pool. In the second half Finland extended the lead after 44 minutes, but Norway managed to get the tension back in the game after 52 minutes when Mohammad Kiyani found a way past the finnish goalkeeper. Looking for the equalizer also left some space in the defense for Finland and with 5 minutes to go, they earned the second penalty stroke of the game and leading to the final score of 3-1.
Cyprus – Hungary 0-3
The last game in pool C again proved to change the whole ranking in the pool. Furthermore it kept the tension on for the whole game with all the teams constantly counting whether it would be shoot-out. Hungary was a completely changed side from the game against Finland, dominating the game from the beginning. This paid off after 15 minutes where Norbert Kovacs with a powerful penalty corner gave Hungary the lead. The rest of first half gave both teams opportunities but none of the teams were able to convert them into goal. Second half took off where first half stopped, again without any goals until the 61st minute, where Norbert Kovacs again took full use of the awarded penalty corner. Cyprus kept fighting using every drop of spirit only to get a third and final goal against them with 5 minutes to go.
Lithuania – Malta 4-1
The host took the bronze medal after a sprint in the last 15 minutes. Lithuania took the lead after 16 minutes in a game where both sides had some opportunities in the opening minutes. The penalty corner goal was then to be the only goal of the first half. In the second half Malta kept pressuring the host but they conceived a second goal after 42 and then again after 55 minutes. In the save period Malta had several short corners but only managed to get a goal back with 10 minutes to. In the following minutes Malta went high up the Lithuanian half just to get another fast break goal against them for the final score.
Slovakia – Denmark 3-1
Denmark started out defending their half and then quickly converting to fast breaks. That earned them three penalty corners – to first one going over the top bar and the two others were well defended by Slovakia. It was a fast break though, that saw Denmark taking the lead by the half hour mark. A high ball went all the way through the Slovakian defense and then Sebastian Kjellerup slided in to meet the ball and put it in the top corner. Slovakia gained more and more control of the game and was awarded with a goal with only 20 seconds to go of the first half by Boris Petrakovic. In the second half Denmark continued to get one penalty corner after the other but not able to get any of them passed the Slovakian goalkeeper. In the 55th minute it was Slovakia that got the upper hand, taking the lead by Matej Hruska. Denmark kept the pressure and kept missing out of the penalty corners and instead it was Tomas Romanec who showed how to convert a penalty corner in the last minute of the game.
Top scorer: Tobias Grand, Denmark 7 goals,
Best goalkeeper: Tomas Mozura , Lithuania
Best player: Tomas Romanec, Slovakia
1 Slovakia Promoted to EuroHockey Championship III 2017
2 Denmark Promoted to EuroHockey Championship III 2017