Ice hockey: Team Germany coach speaks Belarusian in Minsk

Minsk Arena hosted a friendly match between Germany and Belarus ice hockey men's national teams. Belarus won on shootouts 4:3 (1:1, 1:1, 1:1, 0:0, 1:0).

Team Germany coach had taken some classes of Belarusian language before the game. In an interview with PressballPat Cortina was asking what language Belarusians spoke and talking about national dignity.

After the match, he addressed his Belarusian colleague Andrei Skabelka.

"Vinsuju majho kaliehu! (Congrats to my colleague! in Belarusian - Euroradio) It was a good friendly match. The Belarus team performed excellent in the first period, overtaking us. Yet after the break we got ourselves more into the game and started playing a more confident way and creating opportunities," Cortina is quoted as saying by

On April 6 Belarus and Germany will play another friendly in Salihorsk (start at 1700).