Portugal, Spain and Switzerland at the top of the standing before the last round of the qualification stage

Switzerland remains in the Group B standings alone, completing a second consecutive win against Andorra. A match was decided only in the first half with the three goals scored by Dysli, Schenk and Thonen. Andorra fought back but could not get past the well-organized Swiss defense. Exciting tie between England and Germany. Perfect start for coach Fontes (England): Allen (two goals) and Darbyshire scored the 3-0 in just over 11 minutes. Germany reacts as the minutes go by and manages to reduce the difference in the last seconds of the first half with scorers Haubrock and Keil. At the beginning of the second half, Haubrock equalized again, but neither team managed to score anymore, thanks to the two hermetic defenses.

The “Clasico” didn’t have a winner: it was the most important match of the day and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Great competition that saw only two goals, all in the second half, but the intensity on the rink was very high. A penalty scored by Andreu (best scorer of the event) broke the deadlock, but Portugal equalized with a shot by Preciso which was clearly deflected by the opposing goalkeeper. Some important action in the final minutes but it ends with the result of 1-1. In case of a tie, the tie-breaking criteria , in case of a tie between two teams,are: the first, result between the two teams and the second criteria is the execution of the preventive tie-breaker by the execution of direct free hits. In this case, Portugal wins the series of direct free hits and in case of an equal point with Spain will gain a position.

At a point of distance between the two Iberian teams, Italy managed to overcome a stubborn France. The French had taken the lead 2-0 (goals from Grison and Garro) capitalizing on an excellent first half, then as the minutes went by they were taken up and overtaken by the Italians with the signing of Cardella and Margheriti, taking advantage of some mistakes by their opponents. The last qualifying match will still be decisive for defining the classification of the quarter-finals on Thursday: another big day with Italy-Spain (21:00), Portugal-France (17:00) and in the morning Switzerland-Germany (10:00), England-Andorra (12:00) will define the final classification of the two groups.

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Group Stage – 2° Round – Tuesday 29 August 2023
10:00 – Group B – ANDORRA – SWITZERLAND = 0-3 (0-3, 0-0)
Andorra: Solè, Lopez, Sanchez, Aviles, Fernandez – Hernandez, Alvarez, Cristeto, Cuadrado, Solè – Coach: Rubio
Switzerland: Zaugg, Thonen, Dubacher, Dysli (C), Pahud – Schenk, Tanner, SChmocker, Reist, Bagattini – Coach: Faria
Scorers: 1st: 7’01” Dysli (SWI), 7’48” Schenk (SWI), 15’49” Thonen (SWI)
Penalties: 1st: 3’43” Sanchez (2′) (AND)
Referees: Sosa (England), Rago (Italy)

12:00 – Group B – ENGLAND – GERMANY = 3-3 (3-2, 0-1)
England: Clack, Anthony-Sharp, Allen, Darbyshire, Hopkins – Hillam (C), Semilore, Webber, Durston, Rae – Coach: Fontes
Germany: Mesmer, Keil, Halek, Haubrock, Rempke (C) – Beck, Bocher, Emmert, Vytrisal, Hullstein – Coach: Aleixo
Scorers: 1st: 0’23” Allen (ENG), 7’18” Darbyshire (ENG), 10’56” Allen (ENG), 19’08” Haubrock (GER), 19’50” Keil (GER) – 2nd: 3’53” Haubrock (GER)
Referees: Catrapona (POR), Fernandez (SPA)

17:00 – Group A – SPAIN – PORTUGAL = 1-1 (0-0, 1-1)
Spain: Alvarez, Bou, Roig, Molera, Moreno, Andreu (C) – Gabarrò, Zanon, Hidalgo, Palleja – Coach: Sama
Portugal: Bessa, Ribeiro, Duarte, Pina, Preciso (C) – Santos, Lopes, Honorio, Franco, Oliveira – Coach: Ferrao
Scorers: 1st: 2’12” Andreu (pen.shot) (SPA), 7’06” Preciso (POR)
Penalties: 1st: 11’53” Lopes (2′) (POR)
Referees: Hyde (ITA), Rago (ITA)

21:00 – Group A -FRANCE – ITALY = 2-3 (2-1, 0-2)
France: Cayol, Gaucher (C), Couve, Grison, Garro – Granger, Voisin, Neau, Cazeilles, Hervè – Coach: Herin
Italy: Poletti, Margheriti, Polverini (C), Crocco, Pedroni – Cardella, Tagliapietra, Maggi A, Monticelli, Maggi E – Coach: Giudice
Scorers: 1st: 3’55” Grison (FRA), 8’18” Garro (dir.shot) (FRA), 13’55” Cardella (ITA) – 2nd: 1’39” Margheriti (ITA), 7’23” Cardella (pen.shot) (ITA)
Penalties: 1st: 8’18” Polverini (2′) (ITA)
Referees: Fernandez (SPA), Catrapona (POR)

Standing Group A: Portugal 4 points, Spain 4 points, Italy 3 points, France 0 points
Standing Group B: Switzerland 6 points, Germany 4 points, England 1 point, Andorra 0 points

Best Scorers: Pau Andreu (Spain) 5 goals, Florian Keil (Germany) and Julian Hanbrouck (Germany) 4 goals

3° Round
Wednesday 30 August 2023

10:00 – Group B – Switzerland x Germany
12:00 – Group B – England x Andorra
17:00 – Group A – Portugal x France
21:00 – Group A – Italy x Spain

Eliminatory Stages
Quarter-finals – Thursday 31 August 2023

10:00 – QF4 – 4° Group A x 1° Group B
12:00 – QF3 – 3° Group A x 2° Group B
17:00 – QF2 – 2° Group A x 3° Group B
21:00 – QF1 – 1° Group A x 4° Group B

Semi-finals – Friday 1° September 2023
10:00 – SF4 – Loser QF2 x Loser QF3
12:00 – SF3 – Loser QF1 x Loser QF4
17:00 – SF2 – Winner QF2 x Winner QF3
21:00 – SF1 – Winner QF1 x Winner QF4

Finals – Saturday 2 September 2023
10:00 – Fin. 7th/8th place – Loser SF3 x Loser SF4
12:00 – Fin. 5th/6th place – Winner SF3 x Winner SF4
15:00 – Fin. 3rd/4th place – Loser SF1 x Loser SF2
19:00 – Fin. 1st/2nd place – Winner SF1 x Winner SF2
22:30 – Award Ceremony

Two photos from the matches of first matchday – Credit Photo: World Skate Europ

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