Portugal-France and Spain-Italy will define the two finalists of the WSE Euro

The final showdown will be between the four teams in Group A for the fifth time in the last eight editions (2008 to now). No surprises on Thursday in the Quarterfinals, because all of them didn’t allow the opposing teams an advantage. The semifinals will therefore be Portugal-France (18:30 CEST) and Spain-Italy (21:00 CEST), the rematch of Wednesday’s matches, where Portugal and Spain demonstrated a certain superiority, which the direct opponents will have to fill to try to return to a European final.
The quarter-finals started quite well for coach Savreux’s France, even if Switzerland remained in the game for most of the match. In addition to the 5-0 and three goals from Bruno Di Benedetto, a fatal shock for his brother Carlo who seriously injured his shoulder a few minutes from the end, a lack that would be very heavy for “les blues”. Bertolucci’s Italy also had to suffer for a good part of the match, with Andorra reaching a 1-1 draw at the start of the second half but then being crushed by the Italians in the following minutes. The match between Portugal and England was decidedly different: the Lusitanians, winners of Group A, won 15-2, where captain Joao Rodrigues, author of five goals, excelled. He is the new best scorer of the tournament with 7 goals against 6 by Alves and Cocco. A one-way game was also seen by Spain even if Germany proved to be a more surly team than expected, especially in defense. Cabestany’s team won 5-0 (two goals for Sergi Aragones) and reached yet another European semi-final.

Today always starts at 13:30 with the match between England and Switzerland while at 16:00 Germany against Andorra: in the qualifying phase Switzerland and Andorra prevailed. Then from 18:30 the eagerly awaited semifinal between Portugal and France and to follow at 21:00 Spain against Italy. Whoever wins the two semi-finals will progress to the title final which will be played at 21:45 CEST.

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
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

Quarterfinals – Thursday 20th July
13:30 (CEST) – QF4 – France x Switzerland = 5-0
16:00 (CEST) – QF3 – Italy x Andorra = 4-1
18:30 (CEST) – QF1 – Portugal x England = 15-2
21:00 (CEST) – QF2 – Spain x Germany = 5-0

Details of the matchday
FRANCE – SWITZERLAND = 5-0 (1-0, 4-0)
France: Chambel, Di Benedetto B, Herman, Di Benedetto R, Di Benedetto C (C) – Da Costa, Gefflot, Barengo, Savreux L, Audelin – Coach: Savreux F
Switzerland: Vizio, Rui, Rettenmund, Brand, Kissling (C) – Boll, Dysli, Gottwald, Schober, Oberson – Coach Bataller
Scorers: 1st: 7’02” Di Benedetto B (FRA) – 2nd: 2’37” Da Costa (FRA), 8’47” Di Benedetto B (FRA), 13’03” Di Benedetto B (FRA), 19’19” Herman (FRA)
Penalties: 1st: 20’21” Di Benedetto R (2′) (FRA) – 2nd: 0’15” Rui (2′) (SWI)
Referees: Diaz (SPA), Figueiredo (POR)

ITALY – ANDORRA  = 4-1 (1-0, 3-1)
Italy: Gnata, Compagno, Gavioli, Malagoli, Cocco (C) – Cinquini, Faccin, Antonioni, Barbieri, Sgaria – Coach: Bertolucci
Andorra: De Sousa, Castellvi, Picanyol, Miquel (C), Dilme – Barros, Lopez, Hernandez, Tomè, Beal – Coach: Rubio
Scorers: 1st: 9’08” Gavioli (ITA) – 2nd: 1’15” Dilme (AND), 6’45” Cocco (ITA), 12’53” Antonioni (ITA), 15’19” Cinquini (ITA)
Referees: Mayor (SPA), Le Menn (FRA)

PORTUGAL – ENGLAND = 15-2 (5-1, 10-1
Portugal: Henriques, Costa, Pinto, Souto, Alves – Santos, Rodrigues (C), Magalhaes, Nunes, Edo – Coach: Garrido
England: Martin, Kay, Tucker, Taylor (C), Baker – Barnes, Kay, Griffin, Allander – Coach: Pereira
Scorers: 1st: 3’11” Costa (POR), 5’19” Alves (POR), 13’28” Rodrigues (POR), 16’31” Rodrigues (POR), 17’10” Tucker (ENG), 22’56” Magalhaes (pen.shot) (POR) – 2nd: 4’45” Rodrigues (POR), 4’51” Rodrigues (POR), 6’55” Souto (POR), 7’18” Norris (ENG), 7’37” Souto (POR), 9’47” Magalhaes (POR), 11’44” Costa (POR), 12’34” Rodrigues (POR), 15’47” Santos (POR), 20’38” Costa (POR), 23’51” Pinto (POR)
Referees: Jordi Steff (SWI), Sanchez (SPA)

SPAIN – GERMANY = 5-0 (3-0, 2-0)
Spain: Grau C, Bargallo P (C), Barroso, Casas, Roca – Carballeira, Julia, Aragones, Pujadas, Ballart – Coach: Cabestany
Germany: Geisler, Kohler, Strieder, Karschau (C), Borkei – Henrinchs, Rath, Haas, Hilbertz N, Hilbertz F – Coach: Wahlen
Scorers: 1st: 2’53” Casas (SPA), 12’46” Carballeira (SPA), 15’22” Aragones (SPA) – 2nd: 7’08” Aragones (pen.shot) (SPA), 20’51” Pujadas (SPA)
Referees: Silva P (POR), Figueiredo (POR)

Semifinals – Friday 21st July
13:30 (CEST) – SF3 – England x Switzerland
16:00 (CEST) – SF4 – Germany x Andorra
18:30 (CEST) – SF2 – Portugal x France
21:00 (CEST) – SF1 – Spain x Italy

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

Pau Bargallo (Spain) and Lucas Karschau (Germany) – Credit Photo World Skate Europe

Matthew Baker (England) and Helder Nunes (Portugal) – Credit Photo World Skate Europe

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