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Slovakia: Finland hockey fans celebrate side's victory over Russia

Slovakia, Bratislava
May 25, 2019 at 19:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Fans of the Finnish national ice hockey team celebrated in Bratislava on Saturday after their side advanced to the final of the IIHF World Championship by beating Russia 1-0 in the Slovak capital.

Russia, considered pre-tournament favourites by many, had won eight straight games and scored 40 goals but were unable to breach Finland's defence.

Fans of Russia were in sombre mood following their team's defeat at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava. "They kind of broke our hockey players into pieces. Our team did not show the level of performance they did in the quarter-final or in the group matches," said Sergei, a fan.

Finland will play against the winner of the Canada v. Czech Republic match in the final. Russia will compete for third place. Both games will take place on Sunday.

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Fans of the Finnish national ice hockey team celebrated in Bratislava on Saturday after their side advanced to the final of the IIHF World Championship by beating Russia 1-0 in the Slovak capital.

Russia, considered pre-tournament favourites by many, had won eight straight games and scored 40 goals but were unable to breach Finland's defence.

Fans of Russia were in sombre mood following their team's defeat at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava. "They kind of broke our hockey players into pieces. Our team did not show the level of performance they did in the quarter-final or in the group matches," said Sergei, a fan.

Finland will play against the winner of the Canada v. Czech Republic match in the final. Russia will compete for third place. Both games will take place on Sunday.

W/S Hockey fans leaving the arena

M/S Finnish and Russian fans taking photos

W/S Finnish fans celebrating

M/S Finnish fans celebrating

SOT Sergei, Fan of the Russian national ice hockey team [Russian]: "They kind of broke our hockey players into pieces. Our team did not show the level of performance they did in the quarter-final or in group matches. I did not see combinations from out team's side. If that's the result of the head coach's work, it's one question. If that's the players who could not realise the game plan, that's different of course. In my opinion it's all combined. Anyway we are in a sad mood now."

W/S Finnish fans celebrating

M/S Finnish fans celebrating

W/S Hockey fans leaving the arena

M/S Finnish fans celebrating

W/S Hockey fans leaving the arena

W/S Hockey fans leaving the arena

SOT Igor, Fan of the Russian national ice hockey team [Russian]: "I would like the Czechs to beat the Canadians so that we could play against Canada for the bronze. We already played against the Czech team in the tournament."

M/S Finnish fans celebrating

W/S Fans outside of the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava

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