Portugal and Spain won their qualifying group. It’s time now for the eliminatory round

The qualifying round is over, which means it’s time for the elimination round. Expectations were not disappointed for Portugal and Spain who won their groups with full points. Group A is without history, where Vasco Vaz’s Lusitanians also won the last match with a result of 7-2 against the hosts Switzerland in front of the first sold-out of the Rollerhockey Halle. A match played intensely by both teams, but the ability of the reigning Portuguese champions stood out, capable of scoring for the third match in a row with at least six players on the scoresheet. Two goals for captain Vitor Oliveira which brings him to 8 goals like Martim Costa, the two best scorers so far. Late in the evening, Spain managed to win 7-2 against Germany. Also in this case six players on the scoresheet (two goals for Jacobo Copa) and leadership in group A with 9 points (best scorer Moncusi with 5). Matteo Marchetti (hat-trick) instead dragged Italy to a rather clear victory against their podium rival of recent years, France. A one-way match for Bertolucci’s boys who scored the first half 4-0, demonstrating the offensive weight that they couldn’t find in the first 100 minutes, thus achieving second place in Group A. First victory for England who won 7-3 against Austria. Karl Owen’s team leaves no stone unturned and reaches a 6-2 lead in the first 25 minutes: two goals for Richards and Aaltonen.

The preliminary round begins with the Quarter Finals, matching the four teams from each group. Portugal, the reigning champions, will play against Germany at 15:00 (CEST), opening the Thursday program. Then it will be Spain’s turn against Austria (17:00) and Italy-England (21:00) in two matches in which everyone will have to pay attention to all possible obstacles. At 19:00 the most awaited match, Switzerland versus France which has already shown great balance in the under 17 WSE European championship two weeks ago (which ended on penalties for the French side), in a venue which will be sold-out like today to try to get back among the “big four” which doesn’t happen at 15 years old (2008).

The calendar and the live results can also be consulted at http://wse.sidgad.com
All matches will be broadcast in high definition on WSETV http://europe.worldskate.tv


Group stage – 3rd Round
Wednesday 13 September 2023

15:00 – Group A – ENGLAND – AUSTRIA = 7-3 (6-2, 1-1)
England: Williams, Swabey, Richards, Adams, Franks – Futter (C), Oakley, Aaltonen, Allard, Allen – Coach: Owen
Austria: Hinteregger, Hilbe, Mark, Erath (C), Winsauer – Hauser, Fassler, Calvin, Kirchberger, Prutsch  – Coach: Dolce
Scorers: 1st: 2’22” Richards (ENG), 3’30” Erath (AUS), 4’38” Swabey (ENG), 7’34” Erath (pen.shot) (AUS), 9’09” Futter (ENG), 18’53” Aaltonen (ENG), 22’00” Franks (ENG) – 2nd: 22’07” Mark (AUS), 22’56” Richards (ENG)
Referees: Rizzotti (FRA), Brambilla (ITA)

17:00 – Group B – ITALY – FRANCE = 7-2 (4-0, 3-2)
Italy: Mechini, Pesavento (C), Bozzetto, Marchetti, Piccoli – Colamaria, Tagliapietra, Tomba, Barbieri, Mugnaini – Coach: Bertolucci
France: Oliviero, Gelebart (C), Allannic, Garcia, Teixeira – Gomes, Avondo, Dionis, Barois, Aidoud – Coach: Herin
Scorers: 1st: 4’40” Marchetti (ITA), 21’23” Bozzetto (ITA), 21’44” Piccoli (ITA), 24’55” Marchetti (ITA) – 2nd: 6’09” Marchetti (ITA), 6’09” Marchetti (ITA), 8’20” Pesavento (ITA), 12’39” Colamaria (ITA), 16’48” Garcia (FRA), 24’56” Teixeira (FRA)
Penalties: 1st: 21’23” Allannic (2′) (FRA)
Referees: Lopez (SPA), Perez (SPA)

19:00 – Group A – SWITZERLAND – PORTUGAL = 1-7 (0-5, 1-2)
Switzerland: Tondury, Bigiotti, Meier, Dysli, Graf (C) – Fayet, Arias, Scheer, Gisler, Lehnherr – Coach: Simons
Portugal: Venda, Azevedo, Pereira P, Oliveira (C),  Machado – Costa, Lemos, Vigario, Pereira J, Silva J – Coach: Vaz
Scorers: 1st: 1’35” Machado (POR), 3’47” Pereira P (POR), 5’20” Oliveira (dir.shot) (POR), 14’40” Oliveira (POR), 20’36” Pereira J (POR) – 2nd: 6’55” Vigario (POR), 11’50” Meier (dir.shot) (SWI), 22’18” Azevedo (POR)
Penalties: 1st: 5’20” Scheer (2′) (POR) – 2nd: 11’49” Pereira J (2′) (POR)
Referees: Stallone (ITA), Correia (POR)

21:00 – Group B – GERMANY – SPAIN = 2-7 (0-4, 2-3)
Germany: Hinz, Schmidt, Drossel (C), Heinrichs, Kulmer – Halek, Barnekow, Caramanno, Haubrock, Durben – Coach: Feldhoff
Spain: Vina, Cervera (C), Copa, Curtiellas, Moncusi – Jansa, Saavedra, Escala, Martin, Jurado – Coach: Cortijo
Scorers: 1st: 3’01” Cervera (SPA), 3’15” Copa (SPA), 12’53” Saavedra (SPA), 17’56” Copa (SPA) – 2nd: 1’13” Escala (SPA), 4’04” Heinrichs (GER), 7’43” Martin (SPA), 10’20” Moncusi (SPA), 11’30” Heinrichs (dir.shot) (GER)
Penalties: 2nd: 11’18” Cervera (2′) (SPA)
Referees: Casimiro (POR), Correia (POR)

Standing Group A: Portugal 9 points, Switzerland 6 points, England 3 points and Austria 0 points
Standing Group B: Spain 9 points, Italy 6 points, France 3 points, Germany 0 points

Eliminatory Round
Thursday 14 September 2023

15:00 – QF1 – Portugal x Germany
17:00 – QF4 – Spain x Austria
19:00 – QF2 – Switzerland x France
21:00 – QF3 – Italy x England

Friday 15 September 2023

15:00 – SF4 – Loser QF2 x Loser QF4
17:00 – SF3 – Loser QF3 x Loser QF1
19:00 – SF2 – Winner QF2 x Winner QF4
21:00 – SF1 – Winner QF3 x Winner QF1

Saturday 16 September 2023

15:00 – Fin.7°/8° place – Loser SF3 x Loser SF4
17:00 – Fin.5°/6° place – Winner SF3 x Winner SF4
19:00 – Fin. 3°/4° place – Loser SF1 x Loser SF4
21:00 – Fin. 1°/2° place – Winner SF1 x Winner SF4
22:30 – Closing Ceremony

Two photos of the third round of the qualification – Credit Photo World Skate Europe

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