5th August 2017: At the final day of the EuroHockey Championships II, it was Belarus who came out the winners in a shoot-out v Italy.
First up was the relegation Pool C game to determine who would ultimately face relegation to Championship IV in 2019:
Slovakia 1-5 Malta
The last match of Pool C featured Slovakia against Malta. A match both teams needed to win to not get relegated to a lower division. Slovakia was the one to strike first and scored early but Malta were quick to respond. Malta took the lead in the second quarter and then extended it further in the third quarter. Slovakia tried to get back in the game but Malta defended well and won the match, ensuring their place in the Championship III in 2019.
Final Ranking Pool C:
Bronze Medal Game: Turkey 1-3 Croatia
The third place match featured the hosts Croatia against Turkey. Croatia started the match well by scoring an early goal. Both teams were equal in terms of play attacking and defending well. In the third quarter took the match in their control and scored two goals. Turkey managed a consolation goal but Croatia won the third place and the bronze medal.
Final: Belarus 1-1 Italy (3:2)
The first place match was packed with action but it was Belarus who scored through a penalty corner at the end of the first quarter. Both teams played well and pushed their limits as they tried to get the match under their control. Italy managed an late equaliser and pressed hard in the last minutes of the game but it finished level. After an exciting shootout Belarus managed to win 3:2 and with that they are the Champions!
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