The German hockey women celebrated the next title at a major international event. With a 5:4 (1:2) final victory over the Netherlands, the team of national coach Valentin Altenburg in Hamburg secured the title at a European indoor championship for the 16th time.
"It wasn't easy, but it was deserved," said three-time final goalscorer Pia Maertens after the award ceremony. In an exciting final, the German women had to fight until the final siren. After Lisa Altenburg had made it 5:3 with her second goal, the Dutch women reduced the deficit and had the opportunity to equalize with a penalty corner shortly before the end. Goalkeeper Nathalie Kubalski was there.
Altenburg, Maertens and Kubalski awarded
In her last international appearance Altenburg took the crown of the top scorer with 14 goals. Kubalski was awarded as the best goalkeeper and Maertens as the best tournament player. "I'm very proud. They're a crazy team," said national coach Altenburg about the team. In addition to his wife Lisa, Franzisca Hauke and Janne Müller-Wieland also said goodbye internationally.
Third place went to the Ukrainians after a 1-0 (0-0) win over Austria. Fifth was the Czech Republic, which defeated Turkey 5-0 (2-0).
On Sunday (2 p.m.) the German men have the opportunity to do the same as the women. Coach Rein van Eijk's team is in the final against Austria. After a 6:7 defeat against the Alpine Republic in the morning, there was a 9:1 win against the Czech Republic in the last group match, to which Luis Holste and Niklas Bruns, as top scorers, each contributed two goals. That was enough to overtake the Netherlands with the better goal difference.