The men’s national hockey team suffered a setback at the start of the European Indoor Championships in Hamburg. In the first game against Belgium on Thursday, national coach Rein van Eijk’s team was only able to win 4:4 (1:4) against Belgium. Germany were down 1-0, 4-1 but still managed to get three goals in the final quarter thanks to Philip Schmid, Paul Doesch and Henrik Mertgens after van Eijk replaced goalkeeper Anton Brinckman with a sixth fielder to create a manpower game. The interim 1:1 was achieved by Niklas Bruns. “We didn’t get along with deep coverage at the beginning and had too many technical errors,” criticized van Eijk. The DHB team is already under pressure to win against the Netherlands in the second of five group games. In order to reach the final on Sunday, at least second place is required.