Another huge day here at the European Championships and as expected, the day was filled with huge results and some ridiculous scorelines across the board.
We start with our home nation and the hot tournament favourites, England who had to endure a challenging and gruelling battle against a strong, solid and steadfast Latvia side who were hyped prior to the tournament and look good value to cause a few upsets along the way. Latvia roared into a 3-2 first quarter lead and lead 5-e at half-time before England enjoyed a resurgent third quarter to take a 1-goal lead into the final 20 minutes at 9-8. Both teams repeatedly traded blows throughout the game and this pattern continued into the last quarter when England showed their class and confidence to see out the challenge and finish the game as 13-10 victors, a result which sees them take their 100% record into tomorrow’s clash against Czech Republic who Latvia defeated the previous day. Latvia have set about winning legions of fans this tournament and if they continue their hard and competitive play, we could well see them progress to the latter stages of the finals, potentially even setting up a mouth-watering revenge clash against England in the final…
Sweden showed no signs of slowing down in their assault on the group games with another ruthless display, this time putting Slovenia to the sword to the tune of a 17-1 hammering whilst the Netherlands again stormed their way to another massive victory, beating Russia 15-4. Spain were the unfortunate opponents of an Israel side dead set on establishing their dominance with a 17-1 victory. Credit must go to Spain who trailed 14-1 at half-time – to only concede 3 goals in 40 minutes of lacrosse against a team in that kind of scintillating form is impressive regardless of the final result. Scotland carried the fine form they showed against Ireland into their clash against Denmark, winning 15-4 whilst the Czech Republic bounced back from defeat against Latvia in merciless fashion with a 21-1 demolition of Italy. Ireland also responded to defeat in the perfect manner possible, maintaining a clean sheet en route to a 16-0 win against Austria as did Germany who racked up 18 against Hungary for just a solitary consolation goal from the tournament hosts. Finland dispatched Poland with ease in an 11-2 win to bring the games to a close for the day and give the players a rest to prepare for another day of this fine competition.
In our predictions, we again called 9/10 results correctly for the second consecutive day although our apologies must go to Wales who, for the second day running, we had down to narrowly lose and who again made us look stupid by beating Norway in a 6-5 thriller where both teams showed fantastic restraint and defensive discipline to keep the scores down throughout.
Saturday sees a bunch of closely-contested battles and the main prediction is that this is the day where we get a number of results completely wrong! We’re going with some big wins for the likes of Germany and England and some close battles against Scotland & Norway and Wales & Ireland. Do you agree with us or are we a million miles away? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know who you think will reign supreme!
Scotland 11 – 9 Norway
Slovakia 9 – 7 Russia
Spain 10 – 7 Belgium
England 14 – 8 Czech Republic
Germany 14 – 5 Italy
Poland 6 – 8 France
Switzerland 9 – 8 Slovenia
Hungary 6 – 13 Latvia
Austria 8 – 9 Denmark
Wales 11 -9 Ireland
LTP picks of the day will be Field 2 at 17:45 where Wales meet Ireland in a home nations clash which promises to dazzle throughout and Field 1 at 11:30 where Spain and Belgium will battle it out for their first points of the tournament – keep an eye out for these intriguing meetings!
Pictures of Day 2 from European Lacrosse Championship Facebook