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Switzerland is celebrating its third World Cup final in its history. © APA/afp / MICHAL CIZEK

Penalty thriller: Switzerland is in the World Cup final

In a thrilling, memorable semi-final game against ice hockey great Canada, Switzerland played its way into the final round of the ice hockey world championship in the Czech Republic. The dream of winning gold for the first time is alive more than ever!

Hosts the Czech Republic and Switzerland will be in the final of the Ice Hockey World Championship on Sunday (20.20:3 p.m.). Switzerland won on Saturday in Prague against defending champions and record champions Canada 2-XNUMX after a penalty shootout and can dream of their first World Cup title. Previously, the Czech Republic won against Sweden 7-3 in an exciting first semi-final and hopes for the 13th world championship title. Sweden fights against Canada for bronze earlier (15.20:XNUMX p.m.).

After two goals against Canada, Switzerland was already on its way to the third World Cup final after 2013 and 2018, but then a real crime thriller developed.

Canada with a late comeback

Kevin Fiala from the Los Angeles Kings (16th) and Nino Niederreiter (19th) were successful for the Swiss in the first third. The Canadians, who had been disappointing until then, only really came into play in the middle section. Brandon Tanev scored after 35 minutes.

NHL superstar John Tavares saved Canada in overtime. © ANSA / MARTIN DIVISEK

In the final third, the strong Swiss goalkeeper Leonardo Genoni saved his team from equalizing for a long time. He had no chance against John Tavares' shot in the 58th minute. Fiala and Sven Andrighetto were successful for the Swiss in the penalty shootout. Only super talent Connor Bedard scored for Canada.

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