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Gabriel Dabanch’s seven goals put Royal Leopold on course for
a comfortable 9-3 win over SG Amsicora, setting up a Pool C showdown with
Dinamo Elektrostal for top spot and a ticket to the KO16.
His goals saw the Belgian side overcome their Italian
opposition who showed some initial promise, equalising at 1-1 through Luca
Angius in the first quarter.
But Dabanch quickly helped his side race clear and they
never looked in danger after that. The Spaniard – an EHL winner last year with
Oranje Zwart – got Leo off to a great start from turnover ball, smashing the
ball past Marcello Manca from close range.
Angius equalised soon after, though, when he controlled a
crash ball at the left post and shot with his second touch, bouncing off both
posts before the ball dropped over the line.
But Leopold were in no mood to let this affect their
mentality. Dabanch ripped in a second goal from a corner before Tanguy Zimmer
hit the post from a rebound.
Dabanch’s innovative behind the back shot extended the lead
to 3-1 at half-time and his second corner flick, high over Manca’s head,
stretched the advantage further. Scott van Strydonck’s powerful flick made it
5-1 by three quarter time.
Angius pulled another one back early in the final stanza
before Zimmer and Dabanch corner goals extended the lead once more, moving to 7-3.
Amsicora were not done, though, and got another back via Gabriele
Murgia with a low drag-flick. Dabanch’s close range finish and another drag-flick completed the rout.
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