The teams in Division 1 of the European U15 Championships in Podgorica had a day off.
The cadets in Division 2 entered the knockout round today.
The Netherlands and Romania won the most important matches of the day. Both games were interesting.
The Dutch beat Malta 12:10, and Romania defeated Germany 15:13 (after a penalty shootout) and advanced to the eighth finals (the crossover round).
The Netherlands will play against Hungary, and Romania will meet Turkey tomorrow. The winners will go to the quarterfinals. The top three teams in the groups of Division 1 are already in the Top 8.
2023 Men’s European U15 Championships, Podgorica, Day 5
Malta – Netherlands 10:12 (0:1, 4:3, 3:4, 3:4)
Germany – Romania 13:15 (1:2, 2:3, 5:3, 3:3, PSO 2:4)
Despite the Netherlands starting with a 1:0 lead in the first quarter, Malta gained control after the middle break and took a narrow 2:1 advantage. The teams then traded goals until 6:6. At the finish of the third period, the Dutch managed to take the lead (7:6). Malta was able to level the score at 7:7. However, the Dutch secured the victory by scoring three consecutive goals and went to 10:7 (the 28th minute).
Romania led for most of the match against Germany. The Romanians stretched the margin to three (6:3) at the beginning of the third period. However, the Germans made a turn and took a 8:7 lead. Beofore the final quarter, the score was 8:8. The final period, produced new turns. In the middle of the quarter Germany led 10:9. Romania responded with two goals and got back in front – 11:10 with 29 seconds left on the clock. The Germans scored an equalizer with 10 seconds to go but they fell short in a penalty shootout.
9th – 16th place classification, crossover matches
Moldova – Israel 6:11 (0:2, 2:1, 2:4, 2:4)
Georgia – Poland 7:11 (1:4, 1:2, 1:3, 4:2)
The teams that won 2nd places in the groups in Divison 2 faced off in the crossover round in the chase for 9th place.
Isreal and Poland emerged victorious, they will face the teams that lost the playoffs matches – Malta and Germany.
The winners of these two games will play in the 9th-12th place semifinals against the losers of the eighth finals (crossovers).
17th- 24th place classification, quarterfinals
Lithuania – France 3:14 (1:2, 2:4, 0:5, 0:3)
Bulgaria – Ireland 20:2 (7:0, 6:1, 3:0, 4:1)
Switzerland – Slovenia 9:7 (2:1, 3:2, 2:0, 2:4)
Ukraine – Czech Republic 13:3 (1:1, 1:1, 5:1, 6:0)
France, Bulgaria, Switzerland, and Ukraine will continue battling for 17th place.
The smallest margin in the 17th-24th place quarterfinals was two goals. Switzerland beat Slovenia 9:7. The teams were in a neck-and-neck race until 3:3. After that, Switzerland produced a 4:0 run for 7:3. Slovenia managed just to half the distance.
The Czech Republic kept up with Ukraine in the 2:2 first half. But, the favorite earned a 13:3 win with an excellent second half. France and Bulgaria beat Lithuania and Ireland, respectively, with ease.
Day 6 (July 13)
21st-24th place classification, semifinals: Lithuania – Slovenia (09:00), Ireland – Czech Republic (10:30)
17th-20th place classification, semifinals: France – Switzerland (12:00), Bulgaria – Ukraine (13:30)
9th-16th place classification, quarterfinals: Israel – Germany (16:00), Poland – Malta (17:30).
Eight-finals (crossover matches): Turkey – Romania (19:00), Hungary – Netherlands (20:30).