The German women's hockey team stormed into the final of the European Indoor Championships in Hamburg with five wins. In their fourth group game, the selection of national coach Valentin Altenburg celebrated a 4:2 (2:2) victory over the team from the Netherlands, who had the same number of points so far, and was no longer one of the top two before the last preliminary round win over the Czech Republic displace ranks.
After three victories, the DHB team was challenged by the Dutch women for the first time in this tournament. After an early 0:2 deficit (2nd/13th minute), the twice successful Pia Martens as well as Cecile Pieper and Anne Schröder turned the game around with their goals in favor of the Germans, who later also defeated the Czech Republic clearly 8:2. The final opponent of the DHB women on Saturday (3.35 p.m.) is again the Oranje team, which did not give pursuers Ukraine a chance at the end of the preliminary round on Friday evening at 12:1.
The German men also remain on course for the final. As before against Belgium and the Netherlands, a show of strength was needed against Switzerland on Friday before the 13:8 victory was certain in the end. After another 1:4 deficit, Niklas Bruns, who was successful three times, contributed the most goals to the DHB victory. Which teams will contest the final this Sunday (2:00 p.m.) will only be decided on Saturday.
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