England – Germany 3:0 (1:0)
Goals: Coleman (2.), English (34.), Williams (38.)
The German Blind Soccer National Team unfortunately missed out on the chance to play a semi-final in the European Championship in front of their home crowd. A great performance by the Germans remained unawarded after a tough 0:3-loss in their last group stage.
The German team started out strong against the undefeated opponent from England who was heavily favored after not having conceded a single goal in the entire tournament so far. The first goal came off of Brandon Coleman’s foot following a free kick from about 8 meters out (3.). The goal, however, did not put the Germans off their stride; they created chance after chance. Their best goal-scoring opportunity came off a free kick when Jonathan Tönsing struck the ball, but hit the post. The score remained 1:0 going into half time break.
After switching sides, German National Coach Ulrich Pfisterer saw his team dominating the action of play. Taime Kuttig, as well as Ali Pektas, kept creating opportunities following skillful dribbles. But English goalie Dylan Malpas seemed invincible today; again and again, he showed off his athleticism with incredibly saves – holding on to England’s lead.
34 minutes into the game, the almost 2000 fans in the stadium saw another one of those feared English free kicks: 8 meters out, it was Daniel English this time who placed a shot into the bottom corner right past diving German goalie Themel to extend the lead to 2:0. It was all in or nothing for the German team now, which needed at least one point to advance to the semi-final. They gave all they got and fought their hardest, throwing numbers up front which, in turn, created the space needed for the British to add a third goal close to the end of the game (38.). Overall, the result did not accurately reflect the action of play. The German team surrounding captain Alexander Fangmann performed at eye level with one of the tournament’s favourites.
Now, the German national team is hoping for a Spanish win in the last match of group B. Being the next World championship host, Spain is already set to compete. A semi-final participation of Spain would therefore leave one last spot for the fifth placed team in this European championship to qualify for the World championship. If Spain beats or ties Turkey later today, Germany still has a potential chance to qualify by winning their last game and finishing this tournament in fifth place.
England: Dylan Malpas, Keryn Seal, Robin Williams, Roy Turnham, Nathan Edge, Owen Cambridge, Dan English, Brandon Colemar, Darren Harris, Dan James, Trainer/Guide: Jonathan Pugh, Adam Bendall
Germany: Sebastian Themel, Jonathan Toensing, Taime Kuttig, Ali Can Pektas, Alexander Fangmann, Lukas Smirek, Rasmus Narjes, Mulgheta Russom, Hasan Koparan, Sebastian Schleich, Trainer / Guides: Pfisterer, Ulrich; Nordlohne, Werner