Host nation Belgium won the men’s title, upgrading its silver medal won in 2017 to gold at the 2019 EuroHockey Championships. By winning the tournament the nation has also qualified to the Olympics. Eight nations competed in two group with the top two advancing to the semi-finals. The EuroHockey Championships is currently being held in Antwerp, Belgium from August 16th to August 25th.
Pool A was won by Belgium whom displayed their strength by going undefeated and did not concede a goal. Second seed England however needed a late goal against Wales to tie them 2-2 and then proceeded to draw Spain 2-2 during the final game causing them to finish third and allowing Spain to advance to the semi-finals.
Pool B was won by the Netherlands though Germany put up a strong fight where they repelled a Netherlands lead twice before falling 3-2 thanks to a 51st minute goal by Thierry Brinkman. Germany advanced to the semi-finals thanks to victories over Scotland and Ireland. Ireland finished third thanks to better goal differential after tying Scotland 3-3 during the second set of matches.
The semi-finals saw Spain build a 4-0 lead against the Netherlands with ten minutes remaining. The Netherlands attempted to come back, but could only manage to score three goals in the final minutes. The other match had Germany lead Belgium 2-0 lead during the first half, but four unanswered goals allowed Belgium to reach the finals with a 4-2 victory. Belgium would go on to win the title with a 5-0 victory over Spain. The bronze medal was won by the Netherlands who defeated Germany 4-0.
This is Belgium’s first title and they are the fifth nation ever to win a European men’s title. Other European nations will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the final Olympic qualifier to be held later this year. The EuroHockey Championships concludes tomorrow with the women’s final.