The Czechs are taking silver, Russia won by penalty shoot-out
18.6.2017 / AMF
Brno - The last step did not work out. Czech representatives watched the crowning of new European champions, which became Russians. Nevertheless, three thousand fans thanked them in the Brno Arena "Za Lužánkami". They came to the final, where lost to Russia.
In regular time, the match ended in a 1: 1 strike, a 3: 2 penalties shot for Russia. "We are, of course, disappointed, but it is also a great success in the European Championship," said Marek Gruber, the Brno National goalkeeper.
On him was the eyes of the fans in the penalty shootout, into which the Czech team entered worse when the best goalkeeper of the tournament Denis Koršikov caught the Czech striker Stanislav Mařík. "I feel terrible and it will be a long time in me. I was disappointed with myself that I failed and we can´t celebrate, " said Prague forward Mařík.
Two other Czech shooters Tomáš Mica and Jan Koudelka succeeded, as well as the Russian trio of Yevgeny Vasurin, Erik Korcagin and finally the oldest player of the tournament Nikolai Lichobabenko.
The Czech team led in the first half when Marík ended up with a cleverly played standard situation. But four minutes after the break, Russian captain Aleksey Medvedev scored by a beautiful shot over his head. In the second half, the Russians kicked a penalty kick.
Also in the finals, the players enjoyed the ovation of the filled stadium despite the cold weather. "It was something unreal, I did not experience such an atmosphere in my life that people would go every day in such numbers. An amazing experience, I would like to repeat it again," the Brno goalie wished.
Bronze medals won Hungary for the first time in the history of EMF EURO, which defeated Romania 3-2 after penalties.
Russian – Czech Republic 1:1 (0:1), shoot-out 3:2
Goals: 24. Medvěděv, the decisive penalty Lichobabenko – 16. Mařík. Referee: Grigulo, Ciure – Gheorghe, Salimov. YC: 22. Korčagin, 40+1. Vašurin – 37. Bíro. Spectators: 3000.
Russian: Koršikov – Bušuev, Kuksov, Kulagin, Marišin, Kapkov – Alborov, Botov, Lichobabenko, Merkulov, Vašurin – Faustov, Korčagin, Medvěděv.
Czech Republic: Gruber (6. Bíro) – Hakl, Levčík, Salák, Doubravský, Mica – Bednář, Uhlíř, Koudelka, Paděra, Mařík – Režný, Polák, Macko.
Hungary – Romania 0:0, shoot-out 3:2
Goals: the decisive penalty Fekete.