🏆 EuroHockey Championship II : Austria Men defeat Scotland in their second match
Photo Credit : Austria Hockey

After the first match day, the Austrian men promised a victory against Scotland – and they kept their word. Coach Hans Szmidt also praises the team,

“That is an outstanding reaction to yesterday’s game. That was one of the best fighting performances I have seen from my team lately. Special praise goes to the attitude of the young and inexperienced troops who had their backs to the wall before the game. The tactical plan was implemented perfectly. Now we are keeping the focus high and want to reward ourselves against the Ukraine. “

About the game in detail:

First of all, two teams face each other in the game, both tactically acting in half-field. The beginning is accordingly “scanning” and waiting. 

After 4 minutes Austria has its first chance: Uher cleverly uses the too small distance of an opponent in the free hit and promptly the referee imposes a penalty corner against Scotland. Today Uher doesn’t miss this chance and converts to 1-0 for Austria. 

A start as you wish. Shortly before the end of the first quarter, the Scots have another huge chance – Mackenzie dances through the defense of the Austrians and puts the ball inches past the goal.

In the second quarter, the Scots put the Austrian team under a lot of pressure and managed to score a few scenes in the circle. But Austria also remains dangerous. 

In one of the Austrian relief attacks, Fabian Unterkircher gets to the ball on the left, gets through and plays the ball across in front of the goal of the Scots. 

Benny Kölbl is spot on there and steers it into the goal – 2-0 for Austria after 24 minutes. Szymczyk kept his goal clean until half-time and the happy half-time score was 2-0.

Austria tries a lot of lifting balls forward, especially in the first half – these of course bridge the midfield very quickly, but like in a lottery game they come to their own man, are whistled by the referee or land at the opponent and then have to be fought hard again.

The Scots remain dangerous even after the break. But the defense does a great job. Again and again the Austrian men win their duels and win their free shots cleverly and technically. In addition, Austria is of course in no hurry in the game and the Scots are slowly running out of time. The third quarter remains goalless.

In the fourth quarter, the Scots try to attack the Austrians early and bring them under pressure. But Austria keeps its nerve. Again and again a bat is there or a free hit is taken in a duel.

In the 52nd minute, Walker scored the next goal to make it 2-1 for Scotland after a very nice corner variation. But Austria’s gentlemen show great morals – the answer follows immediately: Fabian Unterkircher gets a penalty corner in the next situation, which is unfortunately blocked by the Scottish goalkeeper.

The clock is slowly ticking down. Everyone is probably much more nervous at home than those on the field. They try to keep the ball in their own team for as long as possible. Finally! Over and over and the all-important victory, which leaves all options open, is in the account of the Austrians. 

Leon Thörnblom is named MVP of the game by the organizer – a nice recognition for the strong running work and fighting performance in midfield.

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