When the World Cup was last held, in 2019, it was Finland who lifted the trophy and their dream of winning gold this year continued after beating the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.
– unbelievable! We knew the Czech Republic were a very good team and that we needed to play the best game of the tournament today, Anton Lundell told SVT after the match.
But the winning goal is not over yet.
With 1.31 left in the first half, Finland got a puck in goal. But the goal cage was misplaced and after a very long video review, the goal was disqualified.
Two minutes into the second half, Finland were very close to taking the lead again when Ate Utama hit the crossbar with a powerful shot.
But the finally approved Finnish target was not achieved until 12.55 seconds. Jere Innala missed Iiro Pakarinen with a free kick but the ball hit the post and returned to the goalkeeper’s arms.
Germany is waiting for the semi-finals
The Czech Republic eventually lobbied but failed to break the deadlock. Finland won 1-0 and is on its way to the semi-finals where it will face Germany, who beat Switzerland earlier in the day. For the Czech Republic, it is the eighth consecutive World Cup to return home without a medal.
In the second semi-final, there will be a real rivalry between the United States and Canada.