Today’s results 20th July:
|09:15||BLR – POR||Pool C||13 – 2|
|11:30||ITA – CZE||Pool C||5 – 0|
|13:45||IRL – TUR||3rd/4th Place||4 – 1|
|16:00||SCO – RUS||Final||9 – 0|
Prize Giving Ceremony
17 Manuel MONDO – Italy
1 Arseniy OKISHEV – Russia
13 Scott McCabe
Match 17: Belarus – Portugal 13:2 (8:0)
This match was watched very closely by the Czech team, as they were with the Portugal two teams, which were competing to remain in this division. Belarus showed right from the start that they want to take control of the game. The first goal was scored via Alexandr Mykuš in the 8th minute, 1:0. Another chance ended up in the Portuguese net in the 15th minute, 2:0.
Four minutes into the 2nd quarter and Belarus took the lead 3:0. Five minutes later and the score changed again to 4:0. Another two goals were scored after a fast and simple play by the winning team, 6:0.
The second half, it was the Portugal side who woke up and scored their first goal of this match from a penalty corner, 8:1. Despite a series of penalty corners, the scoreboard remained the same as the Belarus goalie Dzmitry Mlynchyk made some great saves. In the 40th minute, the Portuguese earned penalty corner and the shot found the target, 8:2. Just before the end of the third quarter, Belarus answered back with 2 goals from penalty corners, 10:2. In the last quarter, there were 3 more goals scored into the Portuguese goal. The win 13:2 for Belarus opened a hope for the Czechs to avoid the relegation.
Match 18: Czech Republic – Italy 0:5 (0:4)
The Czechs managed to lock their opponents in their half in the first 5 minutes. Even though they didn´t create any real scoring opportunities, the home side showed great courage. The Italians showed their strength and first entrance into the Czech circle meant a goal, 0:1. In the 10th minute, it was 0:2 when Claudio Brocco lobbed the ball behind the Czech goalie Václav Uhlíř. The Czechs earned a penalty corner but the Italian goalie Andrea Dellano didn´t allow them to score. A lovely open play and simple pass ended up with a strong shot from the top of the circle to make it 0:3. Individual play on the right side of the pitch and Italy extended the lead to 0:4. The Czechs could respond as they were awarded two penalty corners but it didn´t end up the way they wanted.
The second half didn´t offer very exciting hockey. Only at the start, there were few opportunities for both sides but as the game progressed there were many unforced errors. The last goal of the match was scored by the Italians from an open play. The Italian team won the game 5:0.
Match 19: Ireland – Turkey 4:1 (1:1)
A match of two disappointed teams, which didn´t progress into the final, considered on paper the Irish to win. The sides played each other in the group play and Ireland had a win 7:1. The Irish team started better with a goal in the 9th minute. Penalty corner shot was stopped by a defender body and Guy Sarrat converted the penalty stroke, 1:0. After the goal, the game was being played between the circles but without any real chances. Turkey evened up the score via Müslüm Elagöz to 1:1 from a penalty corner.
The second half was played in a very similar way. The Irish players showed why are they the favourites. To take the lead, they scored from an open play, then from a penalty corner and to finished it up, Guy Sarrat converted another penalty stroke. The game ended with a win 4:1 for Ireland to take the 3rd place.
Match 20: Scotland – Russia 9:0 (1:0)
The final started the way as it should. In the 1st minute, the Scottish team attacked the left side lead a goal, 1:0. And this let the opponents to sped up and got Scotland under pressure. The Russian side had a chance after chance but without any successful conversion.
In the 20th minute, the Russian press was answered by a counterattack by the Scots, but the reverse shot was wide. And the same scenario occurred until the end of the first half.
Right from the start of the second half, the Russians earned a penalty corner but without an effective conversion. And that meant a counterattack by Scots who extended the lead to 2:0. To prove their determination through the whole tournament, the Russian team fought back. Unfortunately for them, without a goal. The Scottish team added 5 goals in the third quarter even though the display of the game was even and at times controlled more by the Russian side.
To give the losing team credit, they didn´t give up and tried to attack the Scottish circle who defended “their castle” extremely well. Again, it was the Scots who scored another three goals in the last quarter to make the final score 9:0 and took 1st place.