WINTERTHUR. The third day of the 2019 Fistball Men’s World Championship has once again ended in spectacular fashion. Switzerland played Brazil in front of an adoring crowd of over 4500, lifting their game to provide the best game of the Championship so far.
Switzerland wows the crowd in a nail biting final
Switzerland had to fight hard to beat Brazil in their best game yet. Much to the delight of the home crowd, after a first set loss Switzerland began to play with passion and enthusiasm that was matched by Brazil in all but the third set. The game made for great viewing for spectators and stadium came alive with the chant of the Swiss „Hopp Schwiiz“!
Switzerland – Brazil 3:1 (7:11, 13:11, 11:6, 15:14)
New Zealand becomes a crowd favourite
New Zealand started their fight for the double elimination round well, beating Belgium 3:0 and only looking in any danger for the first half of the first set. Coming off a good win earlier in the day New Zealand dominated in their second match against Poland winning the first two sets. They lost the third due mainly to the amazing striking of Poland’s Christoph Lechthaler. New Zealand have shown the world their ability to play good Fistball and the crowd has embraced the new team.
New Zealand – Belgium 3:0 (11:8, 11:7, 12:10); New Zealand – Poland 3:1 (11:5, 11:7, 8:11, 11:8)
Austria surprises Germany
Another surprise of the day has to be the performance of the Austrian team of Head Coach Martin Weiß and Assistant Coach Michael Fels. The men played superb Fistball forcing the Germans to make unforced errors and taking the first set against Germany at this Championship. The German team of coach Olaf Neuenfeld showed real class under pressure, re-setting their game and convincingly beat-ing the younger Austrian side 3:1.
Austria – Germany 3:1 (11:9, 5:11, 11:7, 11:4)
Picture credit: Valentin Weber / IFA