Three men's games on the second day of the Belfius EuroHockey Championships. In the all Britain battle Wales was denied a famous win over England by a late equaliser. Germany and Holland showed no mercy with their opponents.
ENGLAND - WALES 2-2
Wales almost caused a massive shock in their first appearance in the top tier of European competition for 20 years as they drew 2-2 with England in their opening game in Antwerp.
Indeed, it might have been even better for the Welsh men as they fought back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to lead 2-1 courtesy of goals from Gareth and Rhodri Furlong only for James Gall to snatch a late equaliser.
Jacop Draper (Wales): "This is probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, game of my career. We knew with the quality England have, they would really punish us. This is a really good point gained ahead of the game against Spain."
Goals: 26' Sam Ward (PC) 1-0, 32' Gareth Furlong (PC) 1-1, 52' Rhodri Furlong (FG) 1-2, 57' James Gall (PC) 2-2
GERMANY - SCOTLAND 9-0
Timm Herzbruch's hat trick saw a sparkling Germany ease to a big win over Scotland in the opening game of Pool B in the men's competition.
Germany raced into a 4-0 half-time lead with Herzbruch opening the scoring inside eight minutes before Niklas Wellen, Mats Grambusch and Florian Fuchs weighed in. Further second half goals from Wellen and Herzbruch gave them the perfect start to the competition.
Goals: 8' Timm Herzbruch (FG) 1-0, 9' Niklas Wellen (FG) 2-0, 25' Mats Grambsch (PC) 3-0, 28' Florian Fuchs (FG) 4-0, 34' Niklas Wellen (FG) 5-0, 40' Timm Herzbruch (PC) 6-0, 49' Timm Herzbruch (FG) 7-0, 53' Christopher Ruhr (PC) 8-0, 55' Martin Haner (PC) 9-0NETHERLANDS - IRELAND 5-1
The Netherlands started off their chase for a third successive men's EuroHockey Championship title in confident fashion with a strong win over Ireland in men's Pool B.
It was built around a blistering opening eight minutes, scoring three times to virtually put them out of sight of the Green Machine. Seve van Ass, Mirco Pruijser and Bjorn Kellerman all netted during that phase and while Shane O'Donoghue pulled one back before half-time, a second goal each from Kellerman and Pruijser won the day.
Kellerman (Netherlands): "We are really happy. We know Ireland is a really tough team but 3-0 in the first quarter; it was a good team performance. As a striker, it was really nice to get the two goals but it was the team."
Goals: 3' Seve van Ass (FG) 1-0, 5' Mirco Pruijser (FG) 2-0, 8' Bjorn Kellerman (FG) 3-0, 25' Shane O'Donoghue (PC) 3-1, 37' Bjorn Kellerman (FG) 4-1, 52' Mirco Pruijser (FG) 5-1