It has been a fantastic opening two days of competition as the 2017 European Championships head into the final day of the group stages, writes Nathaniel Holland.
In Group A, Germany started the 2017 European Championships in style with a 53-37 win over Finland. Despite leading for most of the first half, the hosts struggled in their second game against Sweden as they battled from behind to win 55-48. France narrowly lost to Sweden 48-47 on Day One before beating Finland 52-36 just a day later. Sweden are in the driving seat in Group A after the first two games and face Finland tomorrow who are yet to win a game in Koblenz. France and Germany will go wheel-to-wheel tomorrow in a battle for second place, the winners of that game are likely to face Great Britain who currently top Group B.
In Group B, Great Britain continued their scintillating start to the tournament with a convincing 65-57 victory over Ireland. The highest ranked team at the competition began their title defence with a 57-32 victory over Poland on Day One. Poland are still searching for their first win after losing 52-38 to Denmark and they face Ireland tomorrow who are also yet to win a game. The ‘Wheels in Green’ opened their account with a 42-57 loss to Denmark before the defeat to GB. It is neck and neck at the top of Group B with GB and Denmark heading into battle tomorrow with the winner taking top spot.
It is all to play for tomorrow as we enter the last round of group matches before the knockout rounds.
Pictures courtesy of Karol Malec, with thanks.
Day One Results
Sweden 48-47 France
Germany 53-37 Finland
Ireland 42-57 Denmark
Great Britain 57-32 Poland
Day Two Results
France 52-36 Finland
Germany 48-55 Sweden
Great Britain 65-27 Ireland
Poland 38-52 Denmark