In the semi-finals of the Ice Hockey World Cup 2019 Finland has surprisingly 1-0 (0: 0, 0: 0, 1: 0) prevailed against Russia. The goal of the day scored Marko Anttila in the 51th minute.
While the Finns had suffered two defeats in the preliminary round (including against Germany) and continued in the quarterfinals only by a victory in overtime, the Russians, who have lined up with numerous stars so far walked through this tournament. Eight games, eight wins, so the balance of Sbornaja. But against the defensively strong Finns, the Russian attackers fought for the top scorer Evgeniy Dadonov (seven goals) hard. Torlos went into the last third.
There, the 33-year-old attacker hit 1-0 from Finland's Jokerit after 50-18 minutes to keep the only goal of the match. Also, because goalkeeper Kevin Lankinen was able to parry 32 shots of the opponent.
While record champion Russia can only win bronze at most, the Finns are reaching for the first world title since 2011. Good omen: Even then they won the title in Bratislava – after a semi-final victory against the Russians.
In the second semi-final, at 19:15, Canada and the Czech Republic, which had previously switched off the German selection, will meet. The finale will start on Sunday at 8.15 pm (TV: Sport1), before the match for third place will take place from 15.45.