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25 Aug 2018
Spain, England and Hungary continue winning streaks in Germany
Hosts Germany suffered a second defeat as Russia return to winning ways against France in Warnemunde day two
Nineteen-year-old Cameron O’Rourke bagged his second hat-trick in two days for England, Russia found their feet again after a wobble against Spain yesterday and points still elude the Germans on home sand.
Spain v Germany (Division A)
Germany were in dire need of points on the second day in Warnemunde. But in their way stood a Spanish team that comfortably shrugged off the European Champions, Russia, in their game yesterday.
The hosts went behind early on to an Antonio goal when the number three found himself in a one-on-one contest against the German keeper. Llorenç then doubled the advantage and when Eduard netted a third, it looked as if a heavy defeat awaited the Germans.
But they pulled one back before the break and this seemed to inspire them going into the second period. Llorenç completed his brace, but so did German talisman Biermann, and the game got tighter as Matteo Marrucci’s side fought back to end the second period just one goal behind at 4-5.
The bout had become serious and the Spaniards were clearly scared of losing a game they should have put to bed earlier. But the German revival appeared to wake Alonso’s men up as suddenly, in the final period of the game, the goals started flying in for Spain. Antonio secured his brace, Llorenç scored his fourth and Chiky took the Spanish total to nine.
Lovchev grabbed a last-second goal for Germany but, still four behind the romping Spaniards, it was another defeat for a German team that despite a very promising performance, suffered a second defeat in two days.
Goals: 1-0: Antonio, min. 10 (1); 2-0: Llorenç, min. 7 (1); 3-0: Eduard, min. 1 (1); 3-1: Nisslein, min. 0 (1); 3-2: Biermann, min. 11 (2); 4-2: Javi Torres, min. 7 (2); 4-3: Metzler, min. 5 (2); 5-3: Llorenç, min. 2 (2); 5-4: Biermann, min. 0 (2); 6-4: Antonio, min. 10 (3); 7-4: Llorenç, min. 9 (3); 8-4: Llorenç, min. 8 (3); 9-4: Chiky, min. 7 (3); 9-5: Lovchev, min. 0 (3);
Russia v France (Division A)
Russia were smarting from their surprisingly convincing defeat to Spain yesterday and were looking to make up for lost ground against France, who had been on the right end of another convincing victory against hosts Germany the previous day.
The game started as an even contest, and there was little to separate the teams in the first period. The French goalkeeper was the busier of the two, pulling off some emphatic stops to keep France in it. But a Russian breakthrough eventually came as Krash found the back of the net to end the first period with a narrow advantage.
But as soon as the next period began the French levelled, through Angeletti and Gerard Sergent’s team went wild. They were giving the European champs a real run for their money. in the penultimate minute of the second period, Zemskov retook the lead, then Krash completed a brace and suddenly France had it all to do again.
But Russia had found their rhythm and continued to push France further and further behind them as they scored three more in the final period, Krash and Zemskov alternating in scoring goals and clinching a hat-trick each. This put the game out of reach of a comeback.
Russia will play hosts Germany tomorrow to try and make it two wins out of three for the event while France have the difficult task of stopping the prolific Spaniards.
Goals: 1-0: Krash, min. 3 (1); 1-1: Angeletti, min. 11 (2); 2-1: Zemskov, min. 2 (2); 3-1: Krash, min. 2 (2); 4-1: Zemskov, min. 10 (3); 5-1: Krash, min. 10 (3); 6-1: Zemskov, min. 4 (3);
England v Georgia (Division B)
A win for England yesterday clearly gave them confidence going into today’s match up against Georgia, who had lost narrowly to Hungary yesterday.
The Lions’ captain, Aaron Clarke, kicked the game off claiming a brace within a minute from two set piece shots. Georgia found themselves trailing by two goals just two minutes after the kick off.
When they were awarded a penalty Betinho’s team were gifted the chance to get back into the tie before the first whistle blew but Partenadze saw his shot saved. Cameron O’Rourke made it three and then four with two shots either side of the first break, taking his tournament tally to five.
Georgia seemed to lose confidence as the score increased and became frustrated, giving away two freekicks in their own half, which Jake Younie converted clinically. Clarke then brought his tournament tally level with teammate O’Rourke from the penalty spot. Until, that is, the 19-year-old smashed in yet another off the underside of the bar to seal a hat-trick, his second in two days.
Eight goals to the better England fended off some late Georgian attacks effectively and Mark Mitchell’s men made it two wins out of two in Warnemunde.
Goals: 1-0: Clarke, min. 10 (1); 2-0: Clarke, min. 10 (1); 3-0: O’Rourke, min. 2 (1); 4-0: O’Rourke, min. 8 (2); 5-0: Younie, min. 2 (2); 6-0: Younie, min. 9 (3); 7-0: Clarke, min. 8 (3); 8-0: O’Rourke, min. 5 (3);
Hungary v Denmark (Division B)
Hungary had narrowly edged Georgia the previous day in Warnemunde, but Denmark had been beaten convincingly by England. That didn’t seem to affect the morale of the Danes, as they opened the scoring through number five, Damm.
Mark Ughy’s Hungarians had a swift reply though Rutai who netted to level things up within a minute of his team falling behind. Fekete then went on to take the lead and Hungary turned the game around to lead at the first break.
A second from Damm brought Denmark back level pegging but Szentes provide a quick reply for Hungary who took a 3-2 lead, keeping the Danes at bay. As the third period got underway Hungary began to flex their muscles to shake off their persistent opponents.
Besenyei scored two in one minute to widen the gap between the teams and at 6-2, with time ticking away, Denmark looked well beaten. Damm completed a hat-trick for Denmark and Casper Dorph got on the scoresheet too, but another goal for Urghy’s side put them too far ahead to be caught, and the game ended 7-4.
That makes it two wins for Hungary and two losses for Denmark, who go level with Georgia on zero points.
Goals: 0-1: Damm, min. 9 (1); 1-1: Rutai, min. 8 (1); 2-1: Fekete, min. 1 (1); 2-2: Damm, min. 9 (2); 3-2: Szentes, min. 8 (2); 4-2: Szentes, min. 0 (2); 5-2: Besenyei, min. 10 (3); 6-2: Besenyei, min. 10 (3); 6-3: Damm, min. 3 (3); 7-3: Menykei, min. 2 (3); 7-4: Dorph, min. 2 (3);
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