Hockey men beat England to advance to European Championship final


For the first time in six years, the German hockey men have reached the final of a major tournament. DHB won the semi-final against England in Amsterdam.

AMSTERDAM (AP) – The German hockey men play the EM final for the first time since 2015. The DHB team won their semi-final against England 3: 2 (3: 1) in Amsterdam on Thursday.

“We deserve it, I’m so proud of the boys,” said top scorer Martin Zwicker, whose team will now look to the match winner on Saturday (12:30 p.m.). Holland against Belgium Meets. “It was a physical battle that took a lot of strength,” said national team coach Qais Al-Saadi. “I succeeded thanks to the position, the combat and the good performance as a goalkeeper.”

The second in Group B had already taken the lead after 51 seconds thanks to a penalty from Martin Hanner, but Adam Dixon (4th minute) also used England’s first penalty to equalize. Hanner’s Berlin teammate Zucker (9) then scored the second German corner on the sidelines, before Niklas Velen (13) increased the gap on the counterattack. Christopher Rohr (15) had a 4-1 on the racket but missed the position.

The England team lost contact in the third division when the German defense saved around goalkeeper Alexander Stadler three consecutive penalties (42). Sixth place in the world rankings was 2: 3 in the final with eleven outfielders thanks to Sam Ward (59 / Strafecke).

“We knew we had a solid defense, but we played really well as a team at all levels,” said Zwecker. While the Germans left 15 shots on goal unused at 6: 5 in their last group game against France, they have this time converted two out of four goals.

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