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Slovakia: Finland stun Russia to reach hockey world championship final

Slovakia, Bratislava
May 25, 2019 at 18:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Finland ice hockey team beat Russia 1-0 in Bratislava on Saturday to become the first finalist of the IIHF World Championship. Russia, considered by many to be tournament favourites, had won eight straight games and scored 40 goals but were unable to breach Finland's defence.

"We have to commend the Finnish team. They played from defence, wouldn't let us get close. They had the best tactics - to play from defence - and one goal was enough," said Russia goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevski after the game.

Finland's Marko Antilla scored late in the third period. For defenceman Miko Lehtonen, team play was key for the win: "They have really good team full of superstars. We have a hundred percent hard [effort] to play this game and as a team we have good mental energy. If you play as a team, you can win [against] whoever."

Finland will play against the winner of the Canada-Czech Republic match in the final. Russia has yet to play for the third place. Both games will take place on Sunday.

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The Finland ice hockey team beat Russia 1-0 in Bratislava on Saturday to become the first finalist of the IIHF World Championship. Russia, considered by many to be tournament favourites, had won eight straight games and scored 40 goals but were unable to breach Finland's defence.

"We have to commend the Finnish team. They played from defence, wouldn't let us get close. They had the best tactics - to play from defence - and one goal was enough," said Russia goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevski after the game.

Finland's Marko Antilla scored late in the third period. For defenceman Miko Lehtonen, team play was key for the win: "They have really good team full of superstars. We have a hundred percent hard [effort] to play this game and as a team we have good mental energy. If you play as a team, you can win [against] whoever."

Finland will play against the winner of the Canada-Czech Republic match in the final. Russia has yet to play for the third place. Both games will take place on Sunday.

W/S Russian hockey players walking, Bratislava

SOT, Andrei Vasilevski, Russia Ice Hockey Team goalkeeper (Russian): "We have to commend the Finnish team. They played from defence, wouldn't let us go close. They had the best tactics - to play from defence - and one goal was enough."

M/S Finnish player being interviewed

SOT, Niko Ojamaki, Finland Ice Hockey Team forward: "We are better team I think. That is the point. Last minute we saw that we can defend those guys who made most of those goals. We blocked the pucks and our D was good."

M/S Finnish player being interviewed

SOT, Miko Lehtonen, Finland Ice Hockey Team defenceman: "They have really good team full of superstars. But we have a hundred percent hard to play at this game and as a team we have a good mental energy there. So if you play as a team, you can win whoever."

M/S Journalists

SOT, Oliver Kaski, Finland Ice Hockey Team defenceman: "It's a tough game, very good forwards, you have to be ready all the time, really skilled guys, so really tough game."

W/S Finnish players walking

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