The Finland ice hockey team beat Russia 1-0 in Bratislava on Saturday to become the first finalist of the IIHF World Championship. Russia, considered by many to be tournament favourites, had won eight straight games and scored 40 goals but were unable to breach Finland’s defence.
“We have to commend the Finnish team. They played from defence, wouldn’t let us get close. They had the best tactics – to play from defence – and one goal was enough,” said Russia goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevski after the game.
Finland’s Marko Antilla scored late in the third period. For defenceman Miko Lehtonen, team play was key for the win: “They have really good team full of superstars. We have a hundred percent hard [effort] to play this game and as a team we have good mental energy. If you play as a team, you can win [against] whoever.”
Finland will play against the winner of the Canada-Czech Republic match in the final. Russia has yet to play for the third place. Both games will take place on Sunday.
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