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Leo Pföderl and Co. were left behind against Switzerland. © APA/afp / JOE KLAMAR

Swiss arch-rival destroys Germany's World Cup dream

Canada and Switzerland became the first teams to advance to the semi-finals of the Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic early on Thursday evening. The Swiss in particular had to tremble.

Vice world champion Germany failed in the quarter-finals of the Ice Hockey World Cup in the Czech Republic. The DEB team of national coach Harold Kreis lost the classic against Switzerland 1:3 in Ostrava on Thursday. After two German quarter-final victories against Switzerland in the last three years, the Swiss, who competed with six NHL stars, are in the semi-finals in Prague on Saturday.

A powerplay goal from Dominik Kahun (32nd minute) was not enough for Germany. A brace from Christoph Bertschy and NHL player Nico Hischier with his sixth goal of the tournament gave the “Nati” a 2-0 lead in the starting third.

In the duel between the Swiss around Andrea Glauser (l.) and JJ Peterkas (r.) from Germany, things got really tough. © APA/afp / JOE KLAMAR

The Swiss managed to take revenge against the Germans for two quarter-final defeats in the last three World Cups. It is the first semi-final appearance for the Swiss in six years. Germany, on the other hand, finished the tournament in sixth place after finishing runner-up in the World Cup last year.

Canada defeats Slovakia

Parallel to the duel between Switzerland and Germany, the Canadians defeated Slovakia 6-3 in Prague and thus secured a place in the semi-finals on Saturday. They lived up to their role as favorites against the Slovaks.

The Canadians were able to celebrate six times in Prague. © ANSA / MARTIN DIVISEK

At the beginning of the final third, the maple leaves took a 20-5 lead with a double strike within 1 seconds and thus the preliminary decision. However, Slovakia came close again with two goals, but Nick Paul made everything clear with an empty net goal - his second goal of the game - 50 seconds before the final siren.

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