- The Swiss national ice hockey team lost the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Riga to Germany, with a score of 2: 3 after a penalty shootout.
- The tournament ended for the national team, and Germany moved to the semi-finals.
- Switzerland led 2-0 out of control and ceded compensation 44 seconds before the end of normal time.
Ugly memories of the 2018 World Cup final against Sweden woke up after the match against Germany. Switzerland had just lost the quarter-finals at the World Cup in Riga with a score of 2:3 after a penalty shootout. As it was 3 years ago, it was a severe defeat and thus all bitter defeat for the national team. Marcel Neubels scored the decisive tenth penalty kick and sent Germany into the semi-finals.
Patrick Fischer’s team also has to take a look at the fact that in the end the short decision came in the penalty shootout. Until the 38th minute, the national team led 2-0 and the work of a difficult match was under control for a long time.
But with a 1:2 goal from the Germans from Tom Kunkel shortly before the second half, the Swiss became nervous. The team surrounding Captain Rafael Diaz couldn’t take this off in the final third either.
The last third is weak
The Swiss, who started the match as a candidate, stopped his offensive efforts almost completely in the last 20 minutes. The obvious goal was to defend the lead. This plan almost worked. But she doesn’t want to be.
With the semi-finals in mind, Switzerland conceded the equalizer with 44 seconds left. With another field player, Leon Gawanke was in charge of 2-2 with a shot in the fight and brought his colors back into play.
In extra time, both teams focused on defense. Although there is a lot of free ice in 3v3 game, there is a lack of great opportunities. So the World Cup quarter-finals had to be decided by penalties, which, as is known, was a better ending for the Germans.
Particularly bitter: Fischer’s team, who were able to impress so much in the World Cup, could not call their best performance in the quarter-finals. In the face of the rebellious Germans, Switzerland lost the ease that had become the hallmark of the team in this tournament.
In the end, the hits of Ramon Untersander (16) and Fabrice Herzog (34) remained worthless. Despite the long and convincing tournament, the World Cup ends in great disappointment for Switzerland.