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No bans: Team DEB can count on the MVP Seider against the USA

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DEB can count on the MVP Seider against the USA

The German ice hockey team is greedy for its first World Cup medal in 70 years. In the semi-finals against the United States, this could already have been guaranteed with a win. It’s a relief that Moritz Seider wasn’t stopped after his tough quarterback inspection.

The German national ice hockey team can count on NHL defender Moritz Seider in the World Cup semi-final against the USA. The IIHF declined to suspend the 22-year-old in the quarter-final against Switzerland (3-1) the day before for misconduct in the match. “We all know exactly where we want to go and we don’t want it to end up here,” Seider said after his training in Tampere, Finland. By the decision of the world federation, nothing stands in the way of its action against the United States on Saturday (5:20pm / Sport1 and MagentaSport).

What happened? After a careful examination of the rink in the match against Switzerland, Seider had to get off the ice in the middle of the match, but the German national ice hockey team outdid itself and reached the semi-finals of the World Cup without a MVP. For national coach Harold Criss, it was further evidence of his team’s cohesion. “Something like that happens in hockey,” the coach said after the quarterfinal victory, “Moritz was so upset.” The team is trying to carry that momentum into the semi-finals – and Seder could now be up for it.

Germany will meet the United States for the third time in the past three weeks. Germany lost the last test match before the World Cup on May 9 in Munich 3:6 and the third qualifying round match for the World Cup on May 15 2:3. “We will be well prepared for them” regarding the renewed duel at short notice, Seider said. “Of course there’s more emotion now. You’re looking forward to a big game like this more than just a team game.”

But even a quarter-final win is a massive success: DEB won their third World Cup quarter-final against Switzerland after 2010 and 2021 and are battling against the USA for their first World Cup medal in 70 years. By defeating Switzerland, the German national team has already secured participation in the 2026 Olympic Games in Milan.