Spain revalidates the European roller hockey European championship after two extensions

  • Guillem Cabestany’s team repeats victory over France in the final (2-1) and conquers its 18th continental crown

  • Portugal, which continues to clamor for a ‘biscotto’ between the two finalists, did not play the match for bronze when detecting two positives for covid

Spain has revalidated this Saturday the title of Men’s European Roller Hockey Champion. The team led by Guillem Cabestany, who made his debut in office, has once again defeated France, his last rival in the previous league, by 2-1 and after two extra time, and has thus achieved the 18th continental crown in its history, getting closer to Portugal (twenty-one). The Portuguese team, host of a tournament played in Paredes, keep clamoring for a ‘biscotto’ that, they denounce, left them without end.

France has never won a European and its last end dated from 1931, but the Spaniards were clear that they could not be trusted. In the last edition it was already fourth and in this managed to defeat Italy and Portugal in the first two days and it was undefeated to the last, results that cannot be the fruit of fortune. The final proved it.

The Di Benedetto brothers

Spain, which defended the title achieved in A Coruรฑa in 2018, had in Carles Grau, the doorman, his best man. His saves were decisive in keeping Spain on its feet against a France that grew as the minutes passed. Until, in the second half, the Gauls went ahead with a whiplash of Bruno di Benedetto, Roberto’s twin, Carlo’s younger brothers, all of them of an Italian father and a Coruรฑa mother but of French nationality.

Cรฉsar Carballeira, from a penalty, achieved the tie with 11 minutes remaining, although it was another Grau’s miraculous stop 10 seconds from the end which allowed Spain to go to extra time. Equality was maintained in the first, and in the second a Ready goal by Asturian Toni Pรฉrez, who found a loose ball, gave the title to Spain.

The statement from Portugal

Portugal had to play the match for bronze against Italy, but the appearance of of the positives by covid in its ranks it forced to cancel the clash. The world champion, in any case, continues to denounce that Spain and France agreed on Friday’s result (or gave up attacking with 1-3 on the scoreboard) to get them out of the final. That result benefited the Gauls because, despite losing, it put them in the last game for the golaveraje (before they had defeated Portugal 5-3) and also Spain, as they would fight for the gold against a rival a priori inferior to the whole Portuguese. Logic dictated that neither of them should risk.

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The Portuguese federation spoiled in a statement the “antigame” deployed by Spain and France on Friday, and showed its rejection of some “facts that go against the very values โ€‹โ€‹of sport and competition”. The referees stopped the game twice to demand that both teams look at the goal and even admonished their respective captains with blue cardboard. “Refusing to compete is the antithesis of what should be the excellence of the teams, their players and their coaches. Yesterday, the national teams of France and Spain did not apply the values โ€‹โ€‹of ethics and fair play“, denounces the Portuguese federation.

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Spain revalidates the European roller hockey European championship after two extensions

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