Field hockey teams ahead of em semifinals

field hockey teams ahead of em semifinals

The men’s team, represented by the top squad, can even afford a moderate defeat after the lackluster 2-1 (0-1) over defending champion austria and the smooth 9-2 (3-2) over switzerland against spain in order to advance to the preliminary round. Despite a 5:3 (3:1) win over the czech republic and a 2:1 (2:1) win over european vice-champions spain, the women’s team still needs a point against poland to advance to the next round.

"Even though almost every shot was a goal against switzerland afterwards. I pointed out right from the start that winning the title would not be a self-runner," said men’s coach markus weise in view of the fact that victories under the roof of the hall are no longer as easy as they used to be. Against european champions austria as the expected strongest group opponent, oskar deecke (25. Minute/seven-meter) and thilo stralkowski (27.) double whammy in favor of the favorite. "A work victory", says weise. In front of 1800 spectators at the arena in leipzig, the game against switzerland only got going after the break. Matthias witthaus (4), deecke, tobias hauke, florian woesch, tobias lietz and benjamin wess were the german scorers.

Without the entire senior squad, which will begin preparations for the champions trophy in argentina on monday with national coach michael behrmann, the women’s b team had a hard time getting going. Dinah grote (2), player-manager rebecca landshut, franziska hauke and eva frank nevertheless scored an unconflicted victory against the up-and-coming czech team. Against the strong spanish players, kerstin holm (17.) and again birthday girl eva frank (18.) makes up for a setback. "Against poland we need an increase especially in the goal rate. We were too harmless, but we still have room for improvement," said U21 coach marc herbert, who is replacing head coach behrmann.

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