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Swiss foil Lions’ World Cup dream

18 May 2018, 03:03 ( 8 Months ago) | updated: 18 May 2018, 10:47 ( 8 Months ago)

DF Report
Photo taken screenshot from television. DF Photo.

The dream of Finland to win the World Cup was foiled on late Thursday night when they lost to Switzerland by 2 goals to 3 in the quarterfinals of Ice Hockey World Championship 2018 being held in Denmark.

The Finns who reached to the quarterfinals as the champion team of group B were defeated unexpectedly to Switzerland for the first time since 1972. The Lions won all the 10 matches against Switzerland in the past.

Although the Finland started the match very well and Markus Nutivaara made an early score for the team at the seventh minute, a sudden struck by Switzerland at the second period helped them take control of the match.

Enzo Corvi, Joel Vermin and Gregory Hofmann scored one goal each for Switzerland within a span of only four minutes to ensure their victory and take the team to the semi-finals.

The Lions tried seriously to equalise the match but succeeded to make another goal only and left the field with a 2-3 defeat.

Mikko Rantanen scored the second goal for Finland, which only helped to reduce the margin.

The Finnish team was unstable during the whole tournament which frustrated the supporters seriously.

On the one hand, the Lions beat a strong USA by 6-2, favourite Canada by 5-1 in addition to beating South Korea by 8-1, Latvia by 8-1 and Norway by 7-0, on the other hand they were defeated by weak Denmark and Germany by 2-3 margins each, which clearly shows the team’s unstable performance.