Spain’s men finish on a high in fifth place

Alvaro Iglesias and Josep Romeu scored to put Spain out of reach of Poland and into fifth place from their Rabo EuroHockey Championships campaign

Men’s Pool C
Spain 2 Poland 1

Spain saw off Poland to secure fifth place at the European Championships as goals from Alvaro Iglesias and Josep Romeu put them in the frame for a 2-1 win over Poland.

After three early chances, Alvaro Iglesias scored his second goal of the tournament with a back post tap-in in the 16th minute. It remained that way until the 45th minute when Josep Romeu scored from a corner.

Pawel Bratkowski reduced the deficit with three minutes to go but Spain were too far ahead to suffer a setback.

Marc Salles said of the tournament: “We needed to win because it’s important to finish fifth and to do better than the last time in 2015. We had a hard group with Holland and Belgium, the best teams in the competition. Now, we look forward to the final of the World League and, more so, the World Cup.

They started with a heavy loss against the Netherlands before drawing with Austria. Since then, Spain recorded three wins in a row, beating Belgium, Ireland and Poland, conceding just one goal.

“It’s important to become better every day, to be more confident in our game and our defence.

“The young talents who always give everything. They run a lot, put on a lot of pressure and never get tired which I really like! It’s key for the team to bring something new every year for the World Cup and the Olympic Games.”

Spain – Poland
9’ Alvaro Iglesias 1-0
45’ Josep Romeu 2-0
57’ Pawel Bratkowski 2-1

Umpires: M Eilmer (AUT), S Michielsen (BEL)