Day 2 – Morning Roundup – EuroHockey Indoor Championship, Men, Berlin

Posted On 18th January 2020

The morning session here in Berlin lived up to its billing as the 4 semi-finalists were confirmed, Austria, Russia, Germany and The Netherlands will compete for the title, whilst Ukraine,  Poland, Belgium and the Czech Republic will battle it out to avoid relegation and try to earn the 5th World Cup slot.

Final Ranking Pool A:

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Austria 3 3 0 0 16 7 9 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 13 12 1 6
3 Poland 3 1 0 2 12 14 -2 3
4 Ukraine 3 0 0 3 8 16 -8 0

Final Ranking Pool B:

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Germany 3 3 0 0 31 9 22 9
2 Netherlands 3 2 0 1 19 13 6 6
3 Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 8 21 -13 3
4 Belgium 3 0 0 3 8 23 -15 0

Match 9: Pool A: Austria v Ukraine 6-1 

Ukraine came out of the blocks with a huge determination to upset the World and European Champions and started well going ahead 0-1 in the 3rd minute. It took 2 Korper pcs to put the Austrians ahead 2-1 at the half time break. The Austrians showed their class in the second half adding another 4 goals to their tally as Ukraine ran out of steam, brave performance from them showing some excellent pace and skill. Austria top Pool A and Ukraine will now play in Pool C and fight for the fifth vital slot for qualification for the next World Cup.

Match 10: Pool A: Russia v Poland 5-4 

A vital game for both teams as Poland needed the win, a draw would be just enough on goal difference to push them into the semi-final. An intense first half with 8 goals (4 each) meant that Russia would progress if the scoreline remained the same. Russia went ahead early in the 4th quarter 5-4 to make it harder for Poland, nothing less than 2 goals would be enough for them to reach the semi-final. Poland played without their keeper and pressed hard to find the equaliser to give them a chance but some brave Russian defending was enough to see Russia safely into the semi-final.

Match 11: Pool B: Belgium v Czech Republic 3-4 

Yet another important game as Belgium and the Czech Republic battled it out to carry these vital points into Pool C and a possible place at the World Cup. Belgium started stronger going ahead 2-0 but Czech worked hard to get the scoreline back to 2-2 before the 1/2 time break. Belgium went ahead again but Czech again brought the game level. As the clock ticked down Czech earned a pc and scored to go-ahead for the first time and earn the win and the 3 points.

Match 12: Pool B: Germany v Netherlands 7-6

A stunning display of skills from both sides was on display here in the first half with 7 goals. The Netherlands went ahead 3-4 just before the break. They exchanged goals again in the second half, the Germans scoring in the dying seconds of the game to take the win and top the pool, avoiding a clash with the current Champions, Austria.


ll photographs: World Sport Pics, Frank Uijlenbroek (C)

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