Germany land second Euro title with penalties win over England

Women’s TriFinance EuroHockey Championships Final
Germany – England 4-4 (half-time: 4-3), Germany win 2-0 in a shoot-out

Germany won their second women’s European title in dramatic style as a shoot-out was needed to decide the outcome of the title for the third time in the competition’s history.

Kim Platten kept out all four of England’s penalties while Maike Stockel and Jana Teschke scored for Germany to cap a brilliant tournament in heart-stopping fashion.

Normal time was equally packed with action with seven goals in the first half – already the highest ever in the competition’s final history – were contrasted by just a single second half goal.931dea0b0984aba879a60905296e9951

That fell to Susie Gilbert with a great touch to Lily Owsley’s shot in the 66th minute. It made it 4-4 and sent the game to the shoot-out but the tie ultimately did not work out in her side’s favour.

England had begun the scoring in an incredible first half inside three minutes as they won a very early penalty corner. Kim Platten saved Kate Walsh’s drag-flick but Georgie Twigg was on hand to snap up the rebound.

Germany equalised a minute later as Lydia Haase flicked the ball to the right post where Eileen Hoffmann volleyed home at waist-height. But England were back in front in the eighth minute courtesy of Walsh who dragged home a low corner strike.

Again, the lead did not last long as player of the tournament Tina Bachmann swapped the advantage in her team’s favour. Her drag-flick bounced in off an English stick for 2-2 after Maddie Hinch saved the first up effort. Bachmann then converted from the penalty spot after Walsh had chopped down Marie Mavers.

Helen Richardson made it level for a third time when she capitalised on a defensive error, getting to Janne Muller-Wieland’s miscontrol first and fired home a delicious backhand shot first time.

Germany, though, took the half-time 4-3 lead when Kruger produced an inch-perfect flick that clipped the inside of the post before nestling in the backboard.

The second half was much tighter but England’s pressure paid in the end when Gilbert got that vital goal to make it 4-4. But Germany prevailed in the shoot-out to win the competition for the first time since 2007 while it was England’s best performance since 1991.

** Photos courtesy of Frank Uijlenbroek

Bronze medal match
Belgium 1 (C de Vos) Netherlands 3 (C van Maasakker, C Dirske van der Heuvel, E Hoog)

The Netherlands denied hosts Belgium a first ever women’s medal at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships as they proved too strong in the bronze medal match in Boom.

Charlotte de Vos provided an excellent 55th minute goal to give them some hope of upsetting the Olympic champions but, in the end, the Dutch closed out the tie.

They had earlier hit the front courtesy of Caia van Maasakker driven low drag-flicks in the ninth minute after a lively opening spell.

Belgium thought they had equalised when Jill Boon danced across the circle and shot in on her backhand but, on video review, Emilie Sinia was adjudged to have blocked Willemijn Bos’s attempts to put in a tackle and the goal was disallowed on video referral.

8a42c40738bab237aabcdff059d6d2a6Soon after, Carlien Dirske can den Heuvel made it 2-0. It came from a corner that was not stopped but the Dutch improvised well, passing the ball around the circle to Kitty van Male who crossed in front of Aisling D’Hooghe and van den Heuvel duly touched the ball home.

They held that lead for much of the second half but the game was put back in the mix when Barbara Nelen played through de Vos in the 55th minute and she unleashed a brilliant reverse-stick shot.

And her side kept pushing for the equalising goal, taking off their goalkeeper in favour of an extra outfield player late on. The gamble did not work, however, as the Netherlands passed their way through the circle and Ellen Hoog was able to slam home the clinching goal with three minutes to go despite the best efforts of Stephanie de Groof.

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