Updates: 28.05.2021 10:47
Released: 28.05.2021, 10:47
Stockholm / Prague – Swedish TV SVT and the daily Expressen called Thursday’s match of the Swedes with the Czech national hockey team a nightmare, in which the Czech team won 4: 2, even though it lost by two goals after two thirds. Eight bad minutes against the Czech Republic most likely means that we will not see Tre Kronor play in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, which has not happened since the introduction of the current system in 1992, notes Expressen.
Sweden led 2-0 after the first and second periods, but then the Czechia had a fabulous start to the third period, leveled to 2: 2 in five minutes and the Tre Kronor nightmare continued, describing the course of Thursday’s meeting on its SVT website. After eight minutes, the Czechia took the lead with Lukáš Klok’s shot and decided with a 4: 2 goal into the empty net, when Sweden recalled the goalkeeper Adam Reideborn three minutes before the end.
There was a lot of frustration in the Swedish team after Thursday’s match. “We could not withstand the pressure that the Czechs put on us. We started to lose personal fights and were second to the puck. While they added gas, we, unfortunately, lost,” said Swedish coach Johan Garpenlöv.
“I thought we had the match under control. But they were effective in power play and gained the upper hand,” said Swedish striker Oscar Lindberg, who was on the penalty bench when the Czech team was reduced to 1: 2.
His teammate Rickard Rakell scored his first goal at the championship, but was not happy after the match. “Heavy defeat. We had it in our hands. We talked about the break about having to play the same way. But then when the Czechs scored a goal in a power play, it was hard. It gave them energy, we tried to resist, but we couldn’t we are, “Rakell said.
The Swedish newspaper Expressen also writes about the nightmare, quoting, among other things, critical remarks about coach Garpenlöv. Hockey expert Jonas Andersson believes that Garpenlöv was too passive in the third period, according to experts in the Swedish television studio, the team should have taken a break at the end of the match.
The daily Aftonbladet reminds that “after the collapse with the Czech Republic”, Sweden is in the last place of the group A table with three points and is in danger of not advancing to the elimination part. According to the daily Dagens Nyheter, Swedish hockey players now have a “knife to their throat”.
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