FRANCE 5-0 BELARUS
Belarus are often the dark horse in European Championships, especially for title pretending teams. But this time France looked serious and composed in their attacking and defending, and got four goals in the first half of the game. In the second part of the game Belarus had a good chance, but didn’t score 11 meters penalty, also French goalkeeper saved good 16 meters free-kick shot and France players added another one beauty. Les Bleus were just outstanding. It was also nice to see FIM Europe 1st Deputy President Martin De Graaff enjoying the game in the stands.
GAME LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br7ax7wcHHM
LITHUANIA 1-10 GERMANY
Germany started this game as clear favorites, but their first goal came for them only in the second quarter, when one of the main Lithuanian players left the field because of his motorbike failure and their captain received green card. That was a real breakthrough for Germans and they scored 5 goals in the first half of the game. It was just a formality for Germany to finish this battle and they did it with scoring the most goals per game until now in this Championship. Lithuania still managed to score their honor-goal in the last seconds of the game.
GAME LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvIIChMe3Jo
It is clear for everyone that title holders Russia are real pretenders to defend the title again. They were shining with their precisive passing, combative defense and superbly organised attacks. First two quarters ended 0-4 for Russians. In the second part of the game it wasn’t easier for The Netherlands, even when Championship hosts let their second selection players to do the game and gain some experience. The game ended with solid result and one honor-goal from Oranje.
GAME LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QUsm57yEgI
At this link the Opening Ceremony and all the games: https://m.youtube.com/user/eugene26rus/videos