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For the first time since 2010, the Czech Republic won the World Cup again – and in front of their home crowd. © APA/afp / MICHAL CIZEK

The Czech Republic is crowned world champion at home

The Czech Republic's ice hockey team made perfect use of the home advantage and won World Cup gold for the first time since 2010. The host team defeated Switzerland 2-0 (0-0,0:0,2-0) in the final in Prague on Sunday and won the title for the seventh time.

Star striker David Pastrnak decided the long defensive game with his goal in the 50th minute. Pastrnak had strengthened the Czechs during the tournament after the Boston Bruins' playoff exit in the NHL and had remained without a scorer in his three previous games.

But when it counted, the 28-year-old was there. He defeated the Swiss goalkeeper Leonardo Genoni with a hard-hitting shot and sent the 17.500 spectators in the sold-out O2 Arena into ecstasy. David Kampf put the final point 19 seconds before the final siren.

For the Czechs it was the first World Cup medal on home ice in 32 years, when they won bronze as CSFR in 1992. They crowned a two and a half week ice hockey party with a great atmosphere and a new World Cup attendance record of 797.727 visitors in the halls in Prague and Ostrava. Switzerland suffered its third defeat in its third final appearance. In 2013 and 2018, the Swiss were defeated by Sweden in the final.

In the afternoon, Sweden won a medal for the first time since 2018. The three-crown team beat last year's dethroned world champion Canada 4:2 (1:0,0:1,3:1) in the game for third place and took bronze.

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