WFC 2013

14 December 2013

The second semifinal between the Czech Republic and Sweden didn't bring any surprise. The perfectly prepared Swedes confirmed their role of favourites and wiped out the Czechs with nine goals.

The match was played in front of 4,694 spectators (more about the attendance record here) waiting for a miracle. Because a miracle would have to happen if the Czechs were to beat the Swedes, who have been playing in great shape.

In an electrifying atmosphere the Czechs managed to survive the opening Swedish pressure, defended well and moved around with the athletic Swedes. The Swedes played very patiently and the loud fans didn't make them nervous either. In the first minute they already created enough chances that could decide the match. But the excellent Jana Christianová kept the Czech player's as well as spectators' hopes alive. But still she was beaten twice by Sweden during the first period. The first to score was Jakobsson, followed by Sandra Mattson, who found open space in front of the Czech goal, received an accurate pass from Emelie Lindström and couldn't miss.

The beginning of the second period belonged to the home team. They plucked up the courage and, above all, started converting their chances. Unfortunately for Czech fans they succeeded only twice. And in both cases Anet Jarolímová and Hana Sládečková were involved. Thanks to them the Czechs tied the game, but the score remained level for less than two minutes. The Swedish scoring machine was started again by Tschöp's long-range shot, which found the top corner of Christianová's goal – 3:2. In the 29th minute, the Swedish captain Eiremo sent a quick pass to Wikström's stick, who sent the Swedish team into a two-goal lead with a beautiful deflection.

Although the fans in the arena were tireless and kept on cheering the Czechs, it wasn't enough for the perfectly-playing Swedes. The Nordic players were giving a scoring efficiency lesson. “The Czechs have improved during the past two years, but we were simply better,” Victoria Wikström admitted the quality of the home team in a post-match interview (more here). Christianová conceded nine times during the match.

In the tomorrow's bronze medal game between the Czech Republic and Switzerland the tide will turn from two years ago. It will be the Czechs who will be defending bronze medals in front of the home fans. “I think the Swiss players will want to get back at us for the loss in St. Gallen,” said the defender Nikola Černá (more here). The last Czech game will start at 12:30. The final between Finland and Sweden is scheduled at 15:30.

Skupina ČEZ
Ostrava - City of sport

Moravskoslezský kraj
Konica Minolta

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