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Slovakia: Russia prepare for 'tough' Finland in hockey world champs semi-final

Slovakia, Bratislava
May 24, 2019 at 20:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian ice hockey players prepared for the IIHF World Championship semi-final against Finland at a training session in Bratislava on Friday. The Russian team reached the last four after beating the USA 4-3 in the quarter-final game on Thursday.

Russia head coach Ilya Vorobyov praised the Finnish team which knocked out the reigning champions Sweden with an overtime win. "You should have a look at the teams that Finland has already beaten in this tournament. They've spent quite a long time training and now they are like a well tuned machine. That's why they beat the USA, Canada and indeed Sweden," said Vorobyov.

Ilya Kovalchuk, the Russia captain, said he expects a tough game on Saturday. "We've had really hard times with the Finns. They are a tough, uncomfortable opponent for us, but we need to break their game tomorrow leaving the past behind."

The other finalist will be decided in the Canada-Czech Republic game also on Saturday.

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Russian ice hockey players prepared for the IIHF World Championship semi-final against Finland at a training session in Bratislava on Friday. The Russian team reached the last four after beating the USA 4-3 in the quarter-final game on Thursday.

Russia head coach Ilya Vorobyov praised the Finnish team which knocked out the reigning champions Sweden with an overtime win. "You should have a look at the teams that Finland has already beaten in this tournament. They've spent quite a long time training and now they are like a well tuned machine. That's why they beat the USA, Canada and indeed Sweden," said Vorobyov.

Ilya Kovalchuk, the Russia captain, said he expects a tough game on Saturday. "We've had really hard times with the Finns. They are a tough, uncomfortable opponent for us, but we need to break their game tomorrow leaving the past behind."

The other finalist will be decided in the Canada-Czech Republic game also on Saturday.

W/S Russian ice hockey players training at Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava

M/S Forward Alexander Ovechkin with coach

M/S Russian hockey players training

M/S Forward Nikita Gusev on ice

W/S Russian ice hockey players training

M/S Russian hockey players training

M/S Forward Evgeni Kuznetsov

W/S Russian ice hockey players training

M/S Defenceman Mikhail Sergachyov

M/S Forward Nikita Kucherov skating into the offence zone

W/S Russian ice hockey players training

M/S Russian head coach Ilya Vorobyov

M/S Forward Artyom Anisimov on ice

W/S Russian ice hockey players training

M/S Forward Ilya Kovalchuk

C/U Flags of Russia, USA and Finland

M/S Forward Evgeni Malkin

W/S Russia Ice Hockey Team Head Coach Ilya Vorobyov talking to journalists

SOT, Ilya Vorobyov, Russia Ice Hockey Team Head Coach (Russian): "You should have a look at the teams that Finland has already beaten in this tournament. They've spent quite a long time training and now they are like a well tuned machine. That's why they beat the USA, Canada and indeed Sweden."

M/S Forward Ilya Kovalchuk taking to journalists

SOT, Ilya Kovalchuk, Russia Ice Hockey Team captain (Russian): "We've had really hard times with the Finns. They are a tough, uncomfortable opponent for us, but we need to break their game tomorrow leaving the past behind. They are a very good team but we need to play our hockey first of all."

C/U Cameras

SOT, Ilya Kovalchuk, Russia Ice Hockey Team captain (Russian): "Well, whom I could outline in their roster? There is a young guy everyone is talking about and who will be the first or second in the upcoming NHL draft [Kaapo Kakko] and he started very well in that tournament. In general they have a balanced team, but we need to know well what we're going to do ourselves and everything will be alright."

W/S Forward Ilya Kovalchuk in the mixed zone

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