|Double GOLD for Germany|
|Written by ehfnews|
Germany claimed their sixth European championship title as they came from a goal down to defeat their Belgian hosts in Boom, retaining the title they won in Monchengladbach two years ago.
Try as Belgium might, they could not repeat their heroics against the same opposition on the first night of the competition when they won 2-1 as the Germans produced their finest performance to date in the competition.
Spurred on by a noisy home crowd, Belgium made the brighter opening with Cedric Charlier, John-John Dohmen, Loick Luypaert and Thomas Briels all firing in shots in the first quarter.
Germany gradually grew more into the game with Thilo Stralkowski and Moritz Furste denied by Vincent Vanasch. He also saved in the last minute of the first half and the second minute after the break to keep the game scoreless from Florian Fuchs effort when clean through.
Belgium got in front, though, in the 38th minute when Felix Denayer arrowed a ball in from the left channel into the path of Tom Boon. He swung out his stick and connected first time to beat Nicolas Jacobi. Germany argued the ball had hit Boon’s back stick before going into the goal but the video umpire did not see it that way and the goal stood.
The lead only lasted four minutes, however, Martin Zwicker guidng in Mats Grambusch’s pass from close range after an incredibly quick attack down the left wing. And his side was in front in the 52nd minute as Benjamin Wess cut in from the right, played a one-two and thumped the ball into the bottom corner.
From there, Belgium pushed forward, winning a couple of corners while Sebastien Dockier’s rising shot rebounded off the post with nine minutes to go.
But the game was effectively won when Grambusch unleashed a powerful backhand shot which Vanasch could only parry over his shoulder. It looked to be dropping by Oliver Korn made sure at the back post.
1 Germany EuroHockey Championship Winner, 2013
7 Poland Relegated to EuroHockey Championship II, 2015
8 Czech Republic Relegated to EuroHockey Championship II, 2015
By Stephen Findlater
Photograph Frank Uijlenbroek, German Captain Moritz Furste with the Trophy and Marijke Fleuren, EHF President
|Last Updated on Sunday, 25 August 2013 17:16|