Germany in the semi-finals of the Ice Hockey World Cup after Switzerland victory

OIt was not possible without skirmishes. Ice hockey games in which the German selection meets the Swiss team have always been characterized by a rivalry that has grown over decades. In the duels and checks, the actors get down to business with an intensity that is fed by the conviction that victories against neighbors are particularly important.

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It was no different in the quarter-finals of the World Championships in Latvia. But because this time the professionals largely obeyed the rules, a thrilling encounter developed that combined all sorts of aspects that speak for the new class of eternal competitors: What the Germans and Swiss delivered was exciting, high-class – and impeccable. The referees hardly had to sanction the readiness for action. With all the ambition with which each individual went to work, fair play was never neglected.

And at the end of an exchange of blows over 70 minutes, in which later neither side had to reproach themselves for not having thrown everything into the balance, the German team was 3: 2 after penalty shoot-out (0: 1, 1: 1, 1: 0, 0: 0, 1: 0) as a radiant winner.

She reached the round of the best four nations and had the chance to win a World Cup medal for the first time in 68 years. Now she is challenged this Saturday (5.15 p.m. at Sport1) in the semifinals against Finland, which prevailed 1-0 against the Czech Republic. In the other duel, Canada and the USA will play on Saturday (1:15 p.m.) for a place in the final on Sunday (7:15 p.m.).



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