Spain and Portugal win the groups. From Friday to Sunday the knock out phase

The 53rd Senior Male European Championship of Rink Hockey reached the end of the group stage on Thursday night. From Friday to Sunday, the tournament will celebrate its topic phase that will determine the new European Champion.
Portugal and Spain won their groups, but the games of the last day of the group stage were really amazing and of the highest quality.

GROUP A
Portugal performed an incredible come back over France to win the group. The French team played one of its best game ever and arrived just a step away from a historic result. France was leading 4-1 during the second half before Portugal remount, closed by the victory goal (5-4) scored a minute to the end.
In the afternoon, Andorra won 6-0 and qualified as third of the group, letting Switzerland get the 4th place.

GROUP B
Spain won the group by winning the game against Italy 2-0. It wasn’t easy for the home team to get the first place. Sergi Fernandez, the Spanish goalie, had a lot to do, particularly when Spain remains with only three players for two minutes. His saves were determinant to keep Spain ahead 1-0 and then double during the 2nd half.
The third place of the group goes to Germany that won 8-4 the head-to-head match against England. The first victory (10-5 over Belgium) was not enough to Netherlands to avoid the round from 9th to 11th place with Belgium and Austria.

QUARTERFINALS AND 9th TO 11th ROUND
Starting from Friday, the Championship will be divided into two parts. The best eight teams will play in a knock-out tournament to determine the winner and all the position from the 1st to the 8th; in this games, extra times and penalties will be used in case of a draw.
Netherlands, Belgium and Austria will play e league group to determine the places from 9th to 11th.

CERS-RINKHOCKEY TV LIVE
Every game of the Championship is broadcasted live on www.cers-rinkhockey.tv

PICTURES
Please, find all the pictures of the day (press conferences, opening ceremony and Spain-England) at this link. All the pictures are free to use but the credits “Marzia Cattini for WSEurope Rink Hockey” is compulsory.
 

MALE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – GROUP STAGE – DAY 6 – THURSDAY, JULY 19th
GR MATCH RESULT LINKS
B Netherlands – Belgium 10-5     
A Andorra – Austria 6-0     
B Germany – England 8-4     
B Spain – Italy 2-0     
B Portugal – France 5-4     

 

GROUP A – FINAL STANDING
TEAM PTS P W D L SCO SUF DIF
Portugal 12 4 4 0 0 23 5 +28
France 9 4 3 0 1 29 10 +19
Andorra 6 4 2 0 2 9 19 -10
Switzerland 3 4 1 0 3 10 16 -6
Austria 0 4 0 0 4 4 25 -21

 

GROUP B – FINAL STANDING
TEAM PTS P W D L SCO SUF DIF
Spain 15 5 5 0 0 55 4 +51
Italy 12 5 4 0 1 59 15 +44
Germany 9 5 3 0 2 34 23 +11
England 6 5 2 0 3 29 33 -4
Netherlands 3 5 1 0 4 21 45 -24
Belgium 0 5 0 0 5 7 85 -78

 

MALE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – QUARTERFINALS – FRIDAY, JULY 20th
TIME GR MATCH LINKS
10:00 AM CET 9°/11° Austria – Belgium  
12.30 PM CET QF Germany – France  
5.30 PM CET QF Andorra – Italy  
8.00 PM CET QF Switzerland – Spain  
10.00 PM CET QF England – Portugal