The final day of men’s EuroHockey Championship IV started out in heavy rain.
Match 9: Cyprus v Slovenia 0-0
The match between Cyprus and Slovenia kicked the day off at 11:45. The match started out extremely even with the ball constantly travelling from one end of the field to another. Both teams kept looking for chances to score and take the lead. Neither seemed to mind the rain either. The second and third quarter went by much like the first, extremely even and without any card or goals. During the fourth quarter at 56’ minutes, Cyprus got the upper hand as Slovenia’s Balaz Alen was given a green card. However, they could not turn their opportunity into goals and the match ended in a 0-0 draw, which solidified Norway’s spot in the 3rd place of the tournament. Cyprus finished 4th and Slovenia 5th of the pool.
Match 10: Finland v Hungary 0-3
The second and final match of the tournament held very high stakes for both Hungary and Finland. The match would decide which one of the teams would be crowned the champion and winner of the tournament. By the start of the match the weather conditions had temporarily worsened considerably and it was pouring down. National anthems were played and match kicked off in extremely heavy rain. Both teams were gold-thirsty but Hungary quickly took control of the game. They kept putting pressure on and got through the Finnish defense to score the first goal of the match at 15’ minutes when Botka Levente slipped the ball past Luhta Jussi. Both teams had chances and throughout the game a fair few penalty corners were awarded. While Finland failed to turn their penalty corners into goals, Hungary’s Farkas Imre succeeded at 26’ minutes from a penalty corner.
The third quarter started out with Hungary leading 0-2. Despite Finland’s efforts to keep Hungary out of the scoring area, after a while Hungary got past them and Olasz Balazs sunk the ball into Finland’s net at 39’ minutes widening their lead to 0-3. Two minutes later at 41’ minutes Hungary was forced to play one man down as Farkas Imre was given a green card. Another green card followed shortly after at 44’ minutes with Farkas Attila being send to the side line for 2-minutes to sit out his green card. Finland was now under pressure to produce goals as fast as they could. At 47’ minutes, however, Finland was forced to play one man down for 2-minutes after Hirvioja Sampo was given a green card. The last card of the game was the yellow card given to Hungary’s Olasz Balazs at 53’ minutes. With no goals scored by either team during the fourth quarter, the match ended with Hungary celebrating the win of the match and the entire tournament.
Final Ranking Pool A: