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First a bus breakdown, then a landslide victory: South Tyrol's strange day

South Tyrol's selection took another step towards defending its title at the Europeada in the German-Danish border region and confidently reached the quarter-finals. However, the landslide victory in the last group match came about in a strange way.

From Sønderborg, Denmark

Thomas Debelyak

Two games, two wins, 13:1 goals: South Tyrol's selection won its group at the Europeada, the European Championship for language minorities, as expected, confidently and flawlessly. After the 7-0 triumph on Monday against North Schleswig On Tuesday in Sønderborg, Denmark, there was another landslide victory against Ils Rumantschs, the Romansh from Switzerland. The final score was 6:1.

It was a strange match day for the South Tyroleans, less because of what happened on the pitch, but more because of what happened before the match. Manuel Sullmann's team travelled to the match venue by bus. 20 kilometres before arrival, a breakdown in the vehicle (the fan belt broke) meant that the bus broke down in the middle of the Danish outskirts. The home team had to be picked up by a replacement bus and taken to the football pitch. The match therefore kicked off 45 minutes late.

The “Sullmänner” started the match strongly against the underdog from Switzerland and took an early lead with a wonderful scissor-kick goal from Alex Pfitscher (after a sweet cross from Fabian Menghin). But then captain Martin Ritsch & Co. lost their way against the rebellious and tough Romansh team. The underdog fought tooth and nail and gave the South Tyroleans their first goal: Gian Sgier was in the right place after a scramble in the penalty area and made it 1:1 (20th).

This is what Oliver Roher says about the turbulent day in South Tyrol.

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The South Tyroleans needed some time to get going again, but made the preliminary decision shortly before half-time. Central defender Oliver Rohrer, who was the only new player in the starting eleven along with Philipp Rabensteiner, nodded in a Thomas Piffrader corner at the far post (34'), then captain Ritsch also headed in to make it 3-1 (45').

The Jollys shine

After the break, coach Sullmann made a lot of substitutions, with Manuel Wachtler, Matthias Bacher and Dennis Nagler being the three Jolly players who made a particularly good impression. The former set up Jonas Clementi's volley goal with a very fine pass (51'), the latter made it 5-1 after a great solo effort (66'), and the latter dived into the net from a Piffrader corner to make the final score 6-1 (83').

Rematch of the last final

This marks the end of the group phase for South Tyrol. The draw for the quarter-finals took place late on Tuesday evening. The result: South Tyrol will face the Carinthian Slovenes in the quarter-finals - this is a repeat of the 2022 Europeada final, which the local footballers won. The match will take place on Thursday at 17 p.m.

The South Tyrolean ladies, who had a rest day on Tuesday, will also face the Carinthian Slovenians in their semi-final, which will be played on Thursday at 19.15:XNUMX p.m.

South Tyrol – Ils Rumantschs 6:1

South Tyrol (4-2-3-1): Simon Mair (from 60th Patrick Psenner) – Fabian Menghin, Stefan Rellich, Oliver Rohrer, Lukas Aichner (from 70th Olaf Stark) – Philipp Rabensteiner, Martin Ritsch (from 70th Dennis Nagler) – Thomas Piffrader, Simon Greif, Alex Pfitscher (from 46th Manuel Wachtler) – Jonas Clementi (from 56th Matthias Bacher)

Gates: 1:0 Alex Pfitscher (8th), 1:1 Gian Sgier (20th), 2:1 Oliver Rohrer (34rd), 3:1 Martin Ritsch (45st), 4:1 Jonas Clementi (51th), 5:1 Matthias Bacher (66th), 6:1 Dennis Nagler (83th)

Final score after 3 group matches

1.South Tyrol13:16
2.Ils Rumantschs1:61
3.Team North Schleswig0:71

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