The Spanish men’s roller hockey team has revalidated its continental champion title this Saturday after beating France (2-1) in the extension of the European final, which takes place in Paredes (Portugal), so it rises his eighteenth wound in the tournament.
A goal from Toni Pérez with two minutes to go to the end of overtime broke the tie and allowed Guillem Cabestany’s men to defend the title they won three years ago in A Coruña and add number 18 to the European record (1951, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1969, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2018 and 2021).
Under a hostile environment for them in Paredes, whom the public did not forgive on Friday 3-1 against, precisely, the French who left Portugal out of the final, the Spanish encountered more difficulties than expected against a team led by the Di Benedetto brothers.
After a goalless first half and with an excellent Carles Grau, Bruno Di Benedetto put the French team ahead (min.33), but César Carballeira was in charge of converting a penalty to equalize the contest (min.40).
Grau still thwarted a clear French chance before the game went into extra time, where in the second half Toni Pérez took advantage of a rebound to score both the victory and the title.