Finland claim their first World Cup victory against Germany

cold picked by the United States Friday for its entry into the World Cup which it co-organizes with Latvia, Finland, holder of the Olympic and world titles, reacted the next day by winning against Germany (4-3).

The Finns opened the scoring through Joel Armia (10th), Montreal Canadiens forward. But their opponent then took the lead, thanks to Marcel Noebels and Kai Wissmann. Sakari Manninen put the hosts back on track, scoring a brace in less than two minutes in the second half. But just seconds from the buzzer, John Peterka of the Buffalo Sabers equalized for Germany.

Switzerland unleashed against Slovenia

It was finally Mikko Lehtonen who scored the winning goal for Finland, seven minutes from the end of the match. The United States, at rest this Saturday, are leading the group Aahead of Denmark, who ruled Hungary (3-1) and who will face France on Sunday (3:20 p.m.). The Blues have successfully entered the World Cup, by beating Austria (2-1 ap).

In the group B, which is played in Riga (Latvia), Switzerland started their competition with a bang, correcting Slovenia (7-0). Kazakhstan beat Norway on penalties (4-3) and the Latvians, dominated Friday by Canada, lost again, against Slovakia (2-1) this time. Switzerland leads the group ahead of the Canadians and the Czechs, who did not play on Saturday.

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