Saturday, December 2, 2023

EuroHockey 2023: Wales men produce famous draw to deny Germany

Germany 3 (Malte 25, Windfeder 35, Grambusch 45) Wales 3 (Pritchard 42, G Furlong 49, Pritchard 58)

Monchengladbach — Germany on the attack, two minutes from time? Not this time, as buoyant Wales carved out, thrillingly, one of their finest results to clinch a famous 3-3 draw here in another EuroHockey classic.

The 7,000 or so locals had come out in force to see Germany navigate a potentially tricky encounter with the Welsh in their bid to become the fourth host nation in a row to lift a EuroHockey men’s title. First night nerves in front of home support? On this evidence, the tournament is wide open after Wales, thanks to a superb third quarter performance, came back from 3-1 down to share the spoils, silence Sparkassen Park and yet again prove their worth for more funding.

Two second-half goals from Jack Pritchard, who admitted afterwards to wheeling away in the manner of Alan Shearer, coupled with a fine showing from the experienced stick of Ben Francis threw this pool to the last game and end a five-match, 53-year losing run to the Germans at a EuroHockey. 

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