Portugal and Switzerland are the group winners and now it’s the time of the knockout phase for the title.

Wednesday in Sant Sadurnì d’Anoia (Spain) was marked by four rather clear victories by Switzerland, Andorra, Portugal and Spain. The first two confirmed their superiority in Group B. Switzerland had no particular problems overcoming Germany 9-3, where captain Kissling scored three goals, confirming their unbeaten run. Andorra struggled against England but persistence in the offensive zone allowed the Spanish to take second place: two goals from captain Miquel, overtaking the initial advantage of the English. Group B ends with third place for Germany and fourth for England. First Portugal, then Spain have shown a certain superiority in the last qualifying matches, respecting the predictions of the eve. The Lusitanians won against France 3-1 but the amount of plays created by Garrido’s athletes was greater. superior like Spain over Italy, especially in the first half, delivering the three points thanks to three goals in the space of 40 seconds in the 10th minute. Italy, like France, tries to stem the speed of the two Iberian teams, but the two back-ups, respectively Edo and Ballart, prove to have talent and resistance. The Spanish brace from Aragones and Grau, while among the scorers there are four players with 5 goals: Castellvi (Andorra), Cocco (Italy), Karschau (Germany) and Alves (Portugal).

Today is the day of the quarterfinals, therefore the first phase of direct elimination. At 13:30 the match between France and Switzerland, at 16:00 between Italy and Andorra, at 18:30  between Portugal and England and at 21:00 Spain and Germany. The favorites are all the teans in Group A, but the teams in Group B have nothing to lose and will give all strenght to get to tomorrow’s European semi-final.

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All matches will be broadcast in high definition on WSETV http://europe.worldskate.tv
RTP1 will broadcast the exclusive signal for Portugal.
Teledeporte will broadcast the exclusive signal for Spain.


1st matchday – Monday 17th July
13:30 (CEST) – Group B – Switzerland x England = 4-0
16:00 (CEST) – Group B – Andorra x Germany = 6-2
18:30 (CEST) – Group A – Portugal x Italy = 7-4
21:00 (CEST) – Group A – Spain x France = 4-4

2nd matchday – Tuesday 18th July
13:30 (CEST) – Group B – Andorra x Switzerland = 2-5
16:00 (CEST) – Group B – England x Germany = 2-8
18:30 (CEST) – Group A – Spain x Portugal = 3-3
21:00 (CEST) – Group A – Italy x France = 4-2

3rd matchday – Wednesday 19th July
13:30 (CEST) – Group B – Switzerland x Germany = 9-3
16:00 (CEST) – Group B – England x Andorra = 2-4
18:30 (CEST) – Group A – Portugal x France = 3-1
21:00 (CEST) – Group A – Italy x Spain = 4-7

Standing Group A: Portugal 7 points, Spain 5 points, Italy 3 points and France 1 point
Standing Group B: Switzerland 9 points, Andorra 6 points, Germany 3 points, England 0 points

Details of the matchday
SWITZERLAND – GERMANY = 3-9 (3-3, 0-6)
Switzerland: Vizio, Dysli, Rettenmund, Brand, Kissling (C) – Boll, Rui, Gottwald, Schober, Oberson – Coach Bataller
Germany: Geisler, Haas, Strieder, Karschau (C), Borkei – Henrinchs, Rath, Kohler, Hilbertz N, Hilbertz F – Coach: Wahlen
Scorers: 1st: 0’20” Strieder (GER), 3’20” Dysli (SWI), 6’38” Boll (SWI), 8’17” Haas (GER), 20’42” Brand (GER), 21’40” Strieder (GER) – 2nd: 2’06” Kissling (SWI), 2’16” Dysli (SWI), 3’23” Kissling (SWI), 9’23” Rettenmund (SWI), 10’04” Schober (SWI), 22’04” Kissling (GER)
Referees: Silecchia (ITA), Wilson (ENG)

ENGLAND – ANDORRA =  2-4 (2-1, 0-3)
England: Allander, Kay, Tucker, Taylor (C), Baker – Barnes, Kay, Griffin, Martin – Coach: Pereira
Andorra: De Sousa, Castellvi, Picanyol, Miquel (C), Dilmè – Barros, Lopez, Hernandez, Tomè, Beal – Coach: Rubio
Scorers: 1st: 5’57” Picanyol (AND), 10’12” Taylor (ENG), 13’05” Baker (ENG) – 2nd: 10’52” Miquel (AND), 18’13” Miquel (AND), 21’58” Barros (AND)
Penalties: 1st: 10’14” De Sousa (2′) (AND), 16’16” Picanyol (2′) (AND)
Referees: Rondina (ITA), Steff (SWI)

PORTUGAL – FRANCE = 3-1 (1-0, 2-1)
Portugal: Edo, Costa, Nunes, Santos, Rodrigues (C) – Magalhaes, Pinto, Souto, Alves, Henriques – Coach: Garrido
France: Chambel, Di Benedetto B, Herman, Di Benedetto R, Di Benedetto C (C) – Da Costa, Gefflot, Barengo, Savreux L, Audelin – Coach: Savreux F
Scorers: 1st: 12’42” Souto (POR) – 2nd: 1’19” Di Benedetto C (FRA), 11’32” Magalhaes (POR), 13’06” Rodrigues (POR)
Penalties: 2nd: 0’09” Santos (2′) (POR), 23’09” Santos (2′) (POR)
Referees: Mayor (SPA), Diaz (SPA)

ITALY – SPAIN = 4-7 (1-4, 3-4)
Italy: Zampoli, Compagno, Gavioli, Malagoli, Cocco (C) – Cinquini, Faccin, Antonioni, Barbieri, Sgaria – Coach: Bertolucci
Spain: Ballart, Bargallo P (C), Carballeira, Grau M, Roca – Julia, Barroso, Aragones, Pujadas, Grau C – Coach: Cabestany
Scorers: 1st: 2’32” Compagno (ITA), 8’46” Roca (SPA), 9’21” Carballeira (SPA), 9’28” Julia (SPA), 22’33” Grau (SPA) – 2nd: 9’36” Cinquini (ITA), 10’04” Aragones (SPA)
Referees: Silva P (POR), Figueiredo (POR)

Quarterfinals – Thursday 20th July
13:30 (CEST) – QF4 – France x Switzerland
16:00 (CEST) – QF3 – Italy x Andorra
18:30 (CEST) – QF1 – Portugal x England
21:00 (CEST) – QF2 – Spain x Germany

Semifinals – Friday 21st July
13:30 (CEST) – SF4 – Looser QF2 x Looser QF3
16:00 (CEST) – SF3 – Looser QF1 x Looser QF4
18:30 (CEST) – SF2 – Winner QF2 x Winner QF3
21:00 (CEST) – SF1 – Winner QF1 x Winner QF4

Finals – Saturday 22nd July
13:30 (CEST) – Final 7th-8th place – Looser SF3 x Looser SF4
16:00 (CEST) – Final 5th-6th place – Winner SF3 x Winner SF4
18:30 (CEST) – Final 3rd-4th place – Looser SF1 x Looser SF2
21:45 (CEST) – Final 1st-2nd place – Winner SF1 x Winner SF4

Note: Timetables may be adjusted according to TV broadcast

Joao Rodrigues (Portugal) and Carlo Di Benedetto (France) – Credit Photo World Skate Europe

Switzerland-Germany – Credit Photo World Skate Europe

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