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Germany break France, lead Group A

Published : 15 May 2019, 11:09

  DF-Xinhua Report

Team members of Germany celebrate victory after a men's semi-final game of ice hockey against Canada at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Hockey Centre, Gangnueng, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2018. File Photo Xinhua.

Germany prevailed over France 4-1 on Tuesday night at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia. Yet to be defeated, Germany now lead Group A with three consecutive wins.

Germany's Mathias Plachta broke the 1-1 tie in the second period with a hard one-timer from the blue line and Leon Draisaitl stretched the lead to 3-1 soon after with a shot from close range to push his team over the edge.

Korbinian Holzer's empty-netter cemented the win at 4-1, and Germany is now the only team with three wins in Group A.

Germany will face off against the hosts Slovakia on Wednesday and bottom-placed France will have to withstand the offensive might of Canada the day after.