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Sweden defeats the USA – the Czech Republic wins

Sweden defeats the USA – the Czech Republic wins

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The Swedes initially beat the United States. © Darko Vujinovic/AP/DPA

In the German group, Sweden made a perfect start to the Ice Hockey World Championship. The host Czech Republic needs penalty kicks.

Ostrava – Sweden won the match between the favorites against the USA in the German group. In Ostrava, Czech Republic, the 11-time ice hockey world champion beat the Americans 5:2 (1:0, 2:1, 2:1).

The United States, which has competed with several NHL professionals, will be a contender for vice-world champion Germany on Saturday (8.20pm/ProSieben and MagentaSport). National coach Harold Kreis's team previously defeated Slovakia 6:4.

Joel Eriksson Ek gave Sweden the lead in the first third (9th minute). Lucas Raymond raised the score to 2-0 (24th place). The Americans, who had been disappointing until then, pulled a goal back to 1:2 through Zach Werenski (33rd). But Marcus Johansson restored the two-goal lead four minutes later. After the second half 2:3 by Brock Nilsson (44'), Victor Hedman (60) and Eriksson Ek (60) made the final score 5:2 with his second goal.

Hosts Czech Republic started Group A in Prague with a narrow win over Finland. After 60 scoreless minutes, the decision was taken after a penalty shootout. Switzerland previously beat Norway 5:2 (1:1, 3:0, 1:1). dpa