Austria is the 2018 European Indoor Champions! And they are now aiming to get the World Cup!





This is the second time in history that Austria is able to win the Euro Indoor Championship after beating Belgium in the final match at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp. The match started with a 3-0 lead for Austria but Belgium was able to set the game on a tie during the second half. The match ended 4-4 and it was pushed to shootouts where they secured the victory by 2-1.

This way Belgium continues to fail in winning final matches, after losing the 2016 Olympic and 2017 European outdoor finals. However, this was an outstanding performance for the Belgians, as they reached a continental final after being ranked in the 16th place in the world. This is the momento of the final shootout and the Austrian celebration:

Austria win the shootout and are crowned as Szymczyk makes the save

Austria win the shootout and are crowned champions as Szymczyk makes the save #EHI2018

Posted by European Hockey Federation on domingo, 14 de enero de 2018

The bronze medal was obtained by Germany after beating Poland by 9-8 in a goal fest. The final positions are the following:

1. Austria
2. Belgium
3. Germany
4. Poland
5. Czech Republic
6. Russia
7. Switzerland
8. Denmark

Finally, this was one of the best goals of the competition. A very fast counterattack by Belgian during the final match:

BEL 4-4 AUT Rapid counter from Belgium to make the score level once

BEL 4-4 AUT Rapid counter from Belgium to make the score level once more #EHI2018

Posted by European Hockey Federation on domingo, 14 de enero de 2018

By Pablo Mendoza

Pablo Mendoza is an FIH Hockey Academy Educator and the CEO of A Hockey World. Contact: pablo@ahockeyworld.net

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