Hockey: Dynamo Moscow clinch Euro title
Dynamo Moscow have clinched their 5th European Champions cup in bandy – the popular Russian version of field hockey. The capital’s top team beat Swedish opponents Edsbyn in front of their home fans in the second match of a two-leg tie.
Dynamo found themselves in a commanding position going into the game. A first leg 5-3 win gave the Russian champions a big advantage as they attempted to lift the trophy for the first time in three years.
The hosts made their intentions clear after just one minute. Ivan Maksimov broke the deadlock in the game – giving his side a 3-goal aggregate lead.
Dynamo enjoyed a lot of space in the early stages, and with their quality, taking full advantage was not too much of a problem. Sergey Obukhov made it 2-0.
But the Swedes got stuck in later on – Daniel Liv gave his side some renewed hope. It was 2-1 going into he break.
The sides exchanged goals in a two-minute spell early in the second period with Dmitry Savelyev capitalizing on his side's breakaway. But Kristian Mikelson made it 3-2 moments later.
Yury Pogrebnoy then showed his dribbling prowess on the right hand-side before crossing it to Aleksander Tykavin.
The Russian international wrapped up the match and the title half-way through the second half.
Edsbyn did make the score line a little more respectable from the corner kick late on, but had no time to alter the course of the game.
4-3 was how it finished up – a tough workout, according to the new champions.
“It wasn't an easy game at any stage,” said Evgeny Ivanushkin, Dynamo Moscow midfielder. “Even when leading 2-0, we still weren't sure we would win. Edsbyn are a typical Swedish side – they always fight to the final whistle. It's very tough to play them.”
Although it was a comprehensive win for Dynamo, the players will not be spending a lot of time celebrating. The main games of the league season are still to come.