July 12, 2024

World Cup Final vs Czech Republic – Reaching for Gold: Are All Good Things in the National Team’s Threes? – Sports

World Cup Final vs Czech Republic – Reaching for Gold: Are All Good Things in the National Team’s Threes? – Sports

For the third time in 11 years, Switzerland will reach the World Cup final on Sunday night. Now the first title must finally come.

After a self-sacrificing battle, 70 incredible minutes and a nerve-wracking penalty shootout, the Swiss national ice hockey team secured their third and final qualification to the world championships on Saturday night in Prague. Looking at the faces of the participants afterwards, one saw two things: pure joy at winning the shootout against record world champions Canada. But also a desire for more.

“We’ve been to the final twice and we couldn’t win the bucket,” Nino Niederreiter said into the microphone. “Now it’s time to get it.” Niederreiter had called for the bucket 11 years earlier after a 3-0 semi-final win over the United States. But back in Stockholm – and five years later in Copenhagen – Sweden won the final.

This should not happen again on Sunday night. At the third attempt the first world title must finally be achieved. And no one is more true of this than Niederreiter, who, along with Roman Josi and Reto Berra, is the only Swiss player in the current squad to have already lost two World Cup finals.

The Czechs rearmed.

What should please the Swiss: for the first time they will not face Sweden in the final. This was ensured by the Czech Republic, who played in the spectacular semi-final “Tre Kronor”. They were defeated 7:3. In the group stage, the national team celebrated a 2-1 penalty shootout win over the Czech Republic. But a lot has happened in the World Cup host country since then, not least in terms of individuals.

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Coach Radim Rolík’s team now has some NHL-recognized reinforcements on offense with David Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha (both from Boston) as well as Martin Necas (Carolina). While Bruins star Pastrnak is still without points after 3 games, Necas has already made a big impact: in 4 games he has a goal, 5 assists and a plus-5.

The Czech Republic are riding a wave of euphoria that has reached new heights since their coup against Sweden. An entire nation is now expecting them to win their first World Cup gold since 2010. That expectation is undoubtedly creating pressure.

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The pressure on the Swiss is not that great. Gold is not expected. However, the prevailing attitude in the camp of “Nati” fans is as follows: it is time for a really big coup.

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We will show you the World Cup final between the host country Czech Republic and Switzerland on Sunday evening at 8:20 pm live on SRF zwei and in the SRF Sport app with live broadcast and ticker. The broadcast from Prague starts at 8:00 pm.

You can also be up close and personal on SRF Radio 3 with our regular live broadcasts.

To do that, Jozi and Co. will have to tap into their last reserves of energy once again. They need the same self-sacrificing battle as against Canada. They need the brilliant attacking strokes of Kevin Fiala as well as the calm defensive work of Dean Kucan. And they need Leonardo Gennone in goal, as excellent as he was on Saturday. Then the big dream can become reality on Sunday night.

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