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CROCS Challenge Cup - The Hague
24 Jul 2010

Netherlands will fight Turkey to keep Cup at home

Netherlands and Turkey will play the final of this Crocs Challenge 2010 taking place in The Hague. The host team reaches it after a breath-taking victory against England, thanks to a last second brilliant goal by Van Geldermalsen amid a devoted and noisy crowd.


Turkey may not have achieved their ticket as brilliantly, but their effectiveness is beyond any doubt. The Ottoman side gave no option to the Azeri, who, although getting close on the score, always saw how the Turkish put some ground between again and again.


Turkey to face Holland for the Cup


Turkey have made their way to the final, after the consistent victory they have achieved today in front of Azerbaijan (5-8), and will fight hosts Netherlands for this Challenge Cup 2010. The Turkish have always been in command the match, and the Azeri seemed to react, the Ottomans stroke back powerfully. 


Indeed, Turkey have laid the foundings of their great triumph with Tamer’s poker in the first two periods, and a last stage of the game in which they strongly reacted to every  attempt of the Azeri to get closer in the score. Even four gols by Zeynalov were not enough to beat the Turkish resistance.


Thi goal feast, then, leaves Turkey in the final (15.15) and Azerbaijan in the match for the 3rd place, in which they are to face England.


Goals: 0-1: Tamer, min. 5 (1); 0-2: Tamer, min. 8 (2); 1-2: Zeynalov, min. 6 (2); 2-2: Zeynalov, min. 3 (2); 2-3: Tamer, min. 2 (2); 2-4: Tamer, min. 11 (3); 2-5: Ayhan, min. 9 (3); 3-5: Azizzade, min. 3 (3); 4-5: Zeynalov, min. 2 (3); 4-6: Ayhan, min. 2 (3); 4-7: Seyit Ahmet, min. 0 (3); 5-7: Zeynalov, min. 0 (3); 5-8: Onur, min. 0 (3)



Stroke of genius by Van Geldermalsen puts Holland into the final


Van Geldermalsen gave the Netherlands the ticket to the final with one of those last breath goals every player dreams of. With only 10 seconds for the final whistle, the Dutch forward saw the ball fly from his own goalkeeper and invented an amazing bicycle kick for his team’s winner.


The match had also been brilliant so far. Both England and hosts Netherlands had offered a wonderful clash between two determined sides, fully concentrated, which fought for every single centimeter of the pitch. Besides, the noisy crowd was amazing, bringing the best atmosphere to surround the spectacle on the field to make the whole thing the best match we have enjoyed in The Hague so far.


England hit first, with the first of Blake’s double today, but Dutch hero Van Geldermalsen achieved the equalizer a couple of minutes afterwards. The score did not move again until the second period, in which the squads exchanged their previous roles. Now, it was the Orange the ones to get ahead, forcing the English for an extra effort to neutralize the advantage.


Black managed the 3-2 for England in the beginning of the third period, beating Ran with a well-aimed low shot, and that put Netherlands into a really uncomfortable position. Fortunately for them, a penalty kick by Koswal mended things back just one minute afterwards. Although the crowd pushed and pushed, the Orange were not able to find the way to Webb’s net, and their chances to go for the Cup in their own sand were getting harder. The English side, moreover, was eager to find their moment for counterattack and finish the game.


But with the time almost over and sight put on the extra time, Van Geldermalsen brought all his magic out to snatch the victory for the Orange with an unbelievable volley, impossible for the English goalie, that made the numerous Dutch crowd come crazy. Tomorrow, Netherlands will have the chance to lift this Crocs Challenge Cup 2010 in their own stadium (15:15).


Goals: 1-0: Blake, min. 10 (1); 1-1: Van Geldermalsen, min. 7 (1); 1-2: Koswal, min. 8 (2); 2-2: Blake, min. 7 (2); 3-2: Black, min. 11 (3); 3-3, Koswal, min 10 (3); 3-4: Van Geldermalsen, min. 0 (3).



Germany gives Andorra no option after double surprise


Germany will have the chance to fight for the fifth position, the best they can aspire to after they defeat yesterday to England. The Germans have given no option to Andorra, although the Pyrenean side took them by surprise for two times in the first period. But after this startling first period, the Mannschaft got in command of the game and the ball, not to let Andorra close again.


Andorra showed in the first minutes that, although they are down in the rank, you cannot trust they are not dangerous. Dias clearly stated it when putting the Andorran team ahead in the score. Olli immediately neutralized the advantage, but courageous Pyrenean were set to bother as much as possible, and Juli gave the Germans a new fright, making it 1-2. At that point, Germany had realized that they would need to do their best to beat Andorra, and they geared up to turn the score upside down, something they managed to do right before the end of the first period.


Germany had learned their lesson, and they were not to give any other chance to Andorra until the end of the game. Three goals in the second period and four more in the third one finished all Andorran options, and secured the Germans their chance to fight for the fifth place in this Crocs Challenge Cup 2010.


Goals: 0-1: Dias, min. 11 (1); 1-1: Olli, min. 11  (1); 1-2: Juli, min. 6 (2); 2-2: Ullrich, min. 4 (1); 3-2: Mari, min. 3 (1); 4-2: Weiher, min. 7 (2); 5-2: Ullrich, min. 6 (2); 6-2: Klon, min. 5 (2); 7-2: Caique, min. 10 (3); 8-2: Weiner, min. 9 (3); 9-2: Toto, min. 7 (3); 9-3: Blázquez, min 7 (3); 10-3: Mari, min. 0 (3).


Czechs will fight for the 5th position


Chezch Republic has beaten Norway in this second matchday of the Crocs Challenge Cup that is taking place in The Hague (Netherlands). The match was really balanced, and the Czechs could only achieve their winner advantage in the third quarter, thanks to a half-line free kick that Kovarik sent in. Now, the Czech Republic will fight tomorrow for the fifth place in the tournament, against Germany.


Norway jumped onto the sand of The Hague Beachstadion with the intention of forgetting yesterday’s defeat on the penalties with a good match. Things got on the right track when Kandal put them ahead on the score, but Dlouhy immediately leveled things again. Then, a blow exchange began, alternatively giving the advantage to both teams. But when the horn was ready to sound, Bouska’s terrific goal left the result tied again: 4-4.


Third time offered just one goal. It was the one by Kovarik, whose missile unbalanced the score definitely to give the Czechs the chance to fight for the 5th place in the tournament. Norway, on the other hand, will face Andorra to avoid the wooden spoon.  



Goals: 0-1: Kandal, min. 8 (1); 1-1: Dlouhy, min. 7 (1); 2-1: Bouska, min. 5 (1); 2-2: Haughland, min. 4 (1); 3-2: Hurab, mi. 4 (1); 3-3: Kandal, min. 1 (1); 3-4: Hisdal, min. 5 (2); Bouska, min. 0 (2); 5-4: Kovarik, min. 4 (3).

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