The dream of the final did not come true. Germany’s women’s hockey team only has the game for third place at the European Championships.
In the hour of great disappointment, the German hockey players kept to themselves.
“The sadness is very great,” said national coach Valentin Altenburg. “But I experience the team as very united and grieving together. Perhaps mutual support is the greatest thing we can get from it,” said the coach.
Completely unexpected, the DHB selection, which had given the clear goal of winning the title at the home European Championship in Mönchengladbach, was eliminated in the semifinals. The unnecessary and avoidable 1-0 defeat against Belgium does not lead the team into the final, but into the game for third place on Saturday (12:15 p.m. / ARD) against England.
Missed chance of Olympic ticket
Some players then gave a little insight into the emotional state late in the evening. “I’m incredibly empty. I actually live by the motto that everything happens for a reason, but I don’t see it at all right now. I thought nothing could throw us off track,” said international Selin Oruz.
With the missed final, which Belgium and defending champions Netherlands are now contesting on Saturday (2.45 p.m.), the team has also lost its first chance of an Olympic ticket. Only the European Championship winner gets an early starting place.
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