Match report, Final Finland -Sweden
Sweden dominates Finland and wins Gold medal
Sweden secures an easy victory for the WFC title. Finland, having won the last two WFC, stood no chance and lost 5:11.
Sweden got the better start into the final game of this year’s WFC. Already in the first minute, Karl-Johan Nilsson appeared in front of the finish net, passed the ball to Kim Nilsson who scored for a first time. The Finnish team also played well; Mika Kohonen’s shot hit the goal post. At that point in time, the game was intense and exciting; both teams had their chances to score goals. However, it was Sweden who managed to score again. Finland was not able to react and had to allow a third goal against two minutes before the end of the first period.
In the second period, it was again Sweden who managed to score first. Nilsberth profited off a nice assist from Karlsson and scored the fourth goal. Finland tried to react but was not able to do so, because Sweden’s defense played close to perfect. Sweden managed to get a couple of counterattacks, one of them in the 46th minute. Rasmus Enström passed to Mattia Samuelsson, who scored for a 5:0 lead. Finland switched its goalkeeper after that, but was not successful in changing the flow of the game. Linus Nordgren beat the new goalie after only 49 seconds. Sweden played at will from that point on and increased the score to a 9:0 lead. It took the Finnish team 39 minutes to get on the board. It was Jani Kukkola who was successful.
The beginning of the third period showed a different Finnish team. Within 15 seconds they scored twice. Sweden on the other hand reacted swiftly. After a beautiful combination, it was Rasmus Enström who scored for the Swedish team. The Swedish players put themselves into the center of attention by getting a lot of penalties. Within four minutes, two Swedish players received a penalty. Even though Finland played without the goalie, they were not able to profit from the situation. However, they did not give up and managed to score goals number four and five. In the end, it did nothing to change the game and the game ended with a new World Champion Sweden, who won the game clearly with a score of 11:5.
Henrik Quist is extremely happy about having won the WFC-title: "The feeling to win here is amazing. We had a great start into the game and played well from the beginning and were able to score quickly." The decisive loss is hard to take for the Finnish team: "I am really disappointed by our performance. We were not able to fight one more time", says Tatu Väänänen after the game.
Finland - Sweden 5:11 ((0:3 / 1:6 / 4:2))
Hallenstadion, Zürich. Referees: Cerny/Janousek
Goals: 1. Nilsson (Nilsson) 0:1. 17. Mamström (Nilsson) 0:2. 19. Mamström (Nilsson) 0:3. 23. Nilsberth (Karlsson) 0:4. 26. Samuelsson (Enström) 0:5. 26. Nordgren (Kanebjörk) 0:6. 29. Samuelsson (Quist) 0:7. 31. Sundstedt (Kanebjörk) 0:8. 32. Nilsson (Åman) 0:9. 39. Kukkola (M. Kohonen) 1:9. 41. Jussila (Forsten) 2:9. 42. Kapanen (Kukkola) 3:9. 43. Enström (Stenberg) 3:10. 53. Stenberg (Kanebjörk) 3:11. 54. Kohonen (Kapanen) 4:11. 59. (59:06) Kukkola (Kohonen) 5:11.
Penalties: Finland 2x2'; Sweden 4x2'
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