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The World Cup has its first big surprise - the national teams

The World Cup has its first big surprise – the national teams

Latvia celebrates its victory over Canada. © APA / afp / GINTS IVUSKANS

The first world championships in Riga are only a day old and they already have their first big surprise. Hosts Latvia beat Canada this evening.

But Canada and its young team in Group B lost surprisingly 2-0 to the host country Latvia, which was under the auspices of Canadian coach Bob Hartley. This was Latvians’ first success against a 26-time world champion. Mix Endrasis (minute 20) and Oscars Batna (29) scored two Latvian goals. She traveled Canada to Latvia almost exclusively with the NHL Professionals, but with a lesser known young team.

A Russian team kicked off the World Ice Hockey Championship in Riga on Friday, with little success. The Russians also defeated the highly-rated Czechs 4: 3 after a goal by Michael Grigorenko 19 seconds before the end. In the second match of the first group, Slovakia succeeded in a safe 5-2 victory over Belarus.

Ice Hockey World Championships in Riga: Friday’s results

Russia-Czech Republic 4: 3
1: 0 Burdasov (4.16), 1: 1 Flek (9.26), 2: 1 Shvets-Rogovoy (35.27), 2: 2 Vrana (37.53), 3: 2 Barabanov (45.28), 3: 3 Kubalik (57.23), 4: 3 Grigorenko (59.41)

Belarus 2-5 Slovakia
0: 1 Pospisil (3.53), 0: 2 Chelarik (9.17), 0: 3 Pospisil (11.02), 0: 4 Hirvik (45.05), 1: 4 Stefanovich (53.25), 2: 4 Sharangovich (54.22), 2: 5 Chillaric (59.15)

Canada-Latvia 0: 2
0: 1 Endrasis (19.58), 0: 2 Batna (28.39)

Italy-Germany 4: 9

Group A.

POS. Earth Toys points
1. Slovakia 1 3
2. Russia 1 3
3. Denmark
4. Sweden
5. Switzerland
6. Great Britain
7. Czech Republic 1
8. Belarus 1

Group B.

POS. Noun Earth time
1. Germany 1 3
2. Latvia 1 3
3. Finland
4. Norway
5. Kazakhstan
6. United States of America
7. Canada 1
8. Italy 1

Author: cst / apa

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