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Hungary literally knocked out Tommy Purdeller (r.) and the Blue Team. © FISG/Valentina Gallina

Italy's World Cup drama: now only a miracle can help

It was an absolute highlight, an ice hockey evening for the history books, if it weren't for this bitter end: Italy lost the top game of this Ice Hockey World Cup in a dramatic way. The Hungarians cheered in front of 5.400 spectators in the Bolzano World Cup Arena.

From the Sparkasse Arena in Bolzano

Alexander Foppa

Countless fans in azure blue jerseys and around 1.500 traveling supporters from Hungary transformed the Sparkasse Arena into a cauldron on Friday evening, the likes of which have rarely been seen before at a home game for Italy's national team. However, it suddenly cooled down at exactly 21.58:3 p.m. At that moment, Balazs Varga scored Hungary a 2-XNUMX win in extra time.

With this success, Hungary is taking a giant leap towards the elite group. Italy, on the other hand, keeps a small chance of promotion alive with one point.

Slovenia has risen

Head coach Mike Pelino's team has to play on Saturday (from 16 p.m. in SportNews-Ticker) defeat South Korea in regular time and at the same time hope that Slovenia defeats Hungary within 60 minutes in the evening game. However, the Blue Team has to hope for the sporting spirit of the Slovenians, who have already been confirmed as promoted teams due to Italy's defeat. For them, at the end it's all about winning the tournament.

This starting point is the final episode of a duel between Italy and Hungary, which provided all the ingredients for a true thriller. The Azzurri played with more speed, toughness and wit than ever before at this World Cup. But the Magyars countered with the same means. The result? A fight that kept the spectators on their feet. Phil Pietroniro and Daniel Frank equalized twice, then Damian Clara made a brilliant save before the Blue Team missed several top-class shots and Hungary finally struck a lucky punch.

A wild back and forth

Ouch, AmorosaIstvan Sofron beats Italy's Terrance Amorosa with a simple feint and lobs the puck backhand into the short top corner; goalie Damian Clara doesn't look good either (31'). 1-0 for the Hungarians!
Big sigh of reliefPhil Pietroniro takes the shot on the power play and the puck somehow goes into the goal (39'). The Sparkasse Arena is shaking – Italy is back in the game!
1.500 Hungarians cheerThe Hungarians got off to a dream start in the final third: Akos Mihaly hammered the target in the high slot with a slap shot onto the goal, it touched Italy defender Jason Seed and made it 1-2 (43').
Frank's cheerAfter a rebound, HCB captain Daniel Frank stands where a striker has to stand and ensures the immediate equalizer (44th). The Bolzano fans celebrate their favorite, who shouts his joy into the audience.
The bitter endDan Catenacci and Anthony Salinitri missed two huge chances in overtime, while Balazs Varga did better on the other side. One minute before time expired, he scored to make it 3-2 and hit the Italian ice hockey heart.

Italy – Hungary 2:3 aet

Italy: Clara (Bernard); Seed-Trivellato, Spornberger-Larkin, Glira-Pietroniro, Amorosa-Insam; Kostner-Marchetti-Frank, Mantenuto-Tommaso De Luca-Frigo, Catenacci-Salinitri-Gazley, Ivan Deluca-Mantinger-Purdeller.
Coach: Pelino

Hungary: Balizs (Horvath); Stipsicz-Hadobas, Kiss-Nilsson, Ortenszky-Garat, Szabo; Varga-Hari-Soffron, Sebok-Papp-Erdely, Nemes-Srpatki-Gallo, Nemeth-Terbocs-Mihaly.
Coach: MacAdam

Gates: 0:1 Istvan Sofron (30.27), 1:1 Phil Pietroniro (38.56), 1:2 Akos Mihaly (42.35), 2:2 Daniel Frank (43.48), 2:3 Balazs Varga (63.54)

Viewers: 5.394

The other games from Friday:

South Korea – Romania 2:3 (click here for the report)
Goals: 0:1 Gliga (14.38), 0:2 Sandor (38.01), 1:2 Shin (43.02), 2:2 Ahn (53.38), 2:3 Peter (55.31)
Audience: 252

Japan – Slovenia1:3 (click here for the report)
Goals: 0:1 Mehle (3.43), 0:2 Simsic (12.40), 1:2 Nakajima (30.39), 1:3 Drozg (59.32)
Audience: 1.750

The last match day:

Romania - Japan (Saturday, 12.30 p.m.)
Italy - South Korea (Saturday, 16 p.m.)
Hungary - Slovenia (Saturday, 19.30 p.m.)

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