Cologne (SID) – German hockey women celebrate their first victory in the preliminary round at the EM in Amsterdam on their second attempt. With a 2–0 (1–0) victory against Olympic champions England, in front of 270 spectators, national coach Javier Reckinger’s team kept their chances of making the semi-finals and thus direct qualification for the next World Cup tournament. .
In their last game in Group A, European Championship runners-up, who started with a 1–1 draw against Belgium in their dress rehearsal for the Olympic tournament at the Summer Games in Tokyo (23 July to 8 August), will meet on Wednesday ( 2.45 pm) in Italy.
After the game, Reckinger said with satisfaction: “We played well except in the first five minutes when England created tension. It was an all or nothing game and the girls did everything well. Everyone improved individually.” did.” How the team managed to move from a defensively strong Belgium to England.”
Against island opponents, Sonja Zimmermann selected the German Hockey Association (DHB), looking forward to her third European title since her victory in 2013 after eight minutes. With the lead in the back, the Reckoners put a remarkably superior team under fire against the opening duel with Belgium the day before, leading to a large number of penalty corners. A higher break would have been possible, despite another goal back from Charlotte Stappenhorst. Two minutes after the break, Jett Fleschchutz (32nd) made the decision.
In a duel with Italy, Reckinger’s players could reach the semifinals with a draw on their own. In the event of a loss against the bottom of the Apennines for no points, the participation of the DHB team in the semi-finals will depend on the outcome of the subsequent duel between the leaders of Belgium and England.
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