The madness is perfect, Latvia advances to the semifinals! Passionate Latvians defeat Sweden 3-1 and meet Canada in the semifinals on Saturday. Miks Indrašis created a party atmosphere in the arena with his opening goal, but Jānis Jaks' goal to make it 3-1 broke all dams. Latvia was efficient and strong when outnumbered. They were outnumbered for over 10 minutes in this game and didn't concede a goal. The Swedes have to be accused of not having made enough of their majority situations. In addition, you failed again and again because of the outstanding Artūrs Šilovs. For Sweden, the tournament ended much earlier than hoped, Latvia stayed in the tournament and would like to create the next miracle on Saturday. Have a nice evening!
The disc comes out, that's probably it.
Suddenly the disc in the slot is free and Šilovs is still down from his previous save. But no Swede can get to the playground equipment, still 1:20!
The Latvians now have three icings in a row, but they always come back to the disc.
Time-out Sweden at 2:30 on the clock.
Lars Johansson is off the ice, Sweden with the empty net.
3:30 are only to go, is there anything else for the Swedes? Actually, everything is currently going well for the Latvians.
Opportunities on both sides! First Pär Lindholm Šilovs tries to tunnel, on the other side then Roberts Bukarts counterattacks and doesn't hit the target properly. This would otherwise have been a 100% opportunity.
34:14 for Sweden says the goal shot statistics, 3:1 for Latvia is on the scoreboard. The Latvians are brutally effective.
Goal for Latvia, 1:3 by Jānis Jaks
Pure ecstasy in Riga, raise the Latvians! After a shot from headquarters, there is a lot of traffic in front of the goal. Many players from both teams, including the goalie, poked at the disc, which then somehow slipped under Johansson and tumbled over the line. The underdog leads 3-1 against Sweden.
But the Swedes also allow little defensively outnumbered. Of course, time is ticking for the Latvians.
Minor penalty (2 minutes) for Timothy Liljegren (Sweden)
Timothy Liljegren holds his opponent behind his own goal and now has to watch for two minutes. Of course, this now suits the Latvians very well.
With a lot of passion, commitment and a little bit of luck, the Latvians survive this underman situation. Very strong, which the Latvians are showing here today with a man down.
Šilovs allows the rebound on a long-range shot, the disc just wide of the box.
Jonathan Pudas with a dangerous wrist shot from the center, but Šilovs caught the disc safely with his catch hand.
Aggressive defensive work outnumbered by the Latvians, who release the disc for the first time.
Minor penalty (2 minutes) for Jānis Jaks (Latvia)
Jānis Jaks has to go to the penalty box because of time wasting. Can the Swedes use the power play now?
Sweden now required again. But Latvia is doing well now, setting offensive accents themselves and defensively more secure than in the early minutes of this third.
Goal for Latvia 1-2 by Miks Indrašis
All hell is breaking loose here now! Rihards Bukarts lays down for Indrašis, who then tunnels his opponent in a full sprint and suddenly has a lot of space in the center. He welds the puck into the case at the top left for a 2-1 lead. The outsider in front again!
You can clearly see what is going on here today. The opponents in the semi-finals, probably Canada, are being sought. They are currently leading 3-0 against Finland.
Ābols smashes his back hard into the gang. Then the whistle blows, but the Swedes continue to play to the displeasure of all Latvians, in the stands and on the ice. The referees need to calm the situation down.
Good steal from Ābols, who then goes forward but doesn't get the disc to a teammate.
Sweden runs disc and opponent. Lucas Raymond tries it from the inside right, Šilovs catches the disc with his catch hand and has the ball.
The shot on goal statistics meanwhile speak clearly for the Swedes with 29:9, but Latvia defends stubbornly and has deserved this draw a little bit so far.
Sweden scores but the goal doesn't count!After Bengtsson's shot, Šilovs insufficiently clears and the disc is clear high in the air. Carl Grundström hits the disc with the bat into the goal. The hit doesn't count because he hits the puck with the bat way over his shoulder. High floor, no gate.
Latvia also survived the five-minute deficit against Tre Kronor without conceding a goal.
The Latvians counter with a man down. But Kaspars Daugaviņš doesn't bring the disc to his team-mate. chance there.
Let's continue, still a good 1:10 superiority for the Swedes.
Beginning of 3rd third
It is 1-1 between Latvia and Sweden after the second period. Tre Kronor earned the equalizer in this section and was the better team for long stretches. In a four-on-four, Liljegren overcame the keeper after fine work from Lucas Raymond and scored to equalize. As a result, the Latvian goalie Šilovs was often the center of attention and was able to excel. The only offensive action worth mentioning by the Latvians was in the 34th minute, when Bukarts was already past the keeper but couldn't find a teammate in the middle. Towards the end it got hotter and hotter. There's a lot of fire in here, let's continue in a moment!
End of 2nd third
The best underman team of the previous tournament allows little and makes Sweden despair. Again and again the Latvians manage to get the disc out.
Lucas Raymond has his head up and then looks for the conclusion himself. Šilovs clears with a shoulder and with the help of the right post.
Sweden now in formation. Oscar Lindberg throws the disc from behind the goal towards Šilovs' back. From there it doesn't go into the goal, but the keeper sits down on the hard rubber in the confusion and finally secures the disc. Important action.
Rodrigo Ābols releases the disc after about a minute of constant pressure from the Swedes.
Long power play now for the Swedes, can they use that?
Major penalty (5 minutes + game-misconduct penalty) for Mārtiņš Dzierkals (Latvia)
Dzierkals receives the five-minute penalty plus the match penalty for hitting the head with the stick. That's perfectly fine.
Andris Džeriņš hits Pär Lindholm's head with the end of his stick in the scene. The referees look at the scene on the monitor.
Pudas and Freibergs are now fighting each other, this time there will probably be a penalty.
Artūrs Šilovs again and again Artūrs Šilovs. The keeper did not allow himself to be inattentive and is confident and safe even with the supposedly easy saves.
It's getting hotter on the ice. Fabian Zetterlund clashes with his opponent. The referees clarify the situation without penalties.
What a chance for the Latvians!Renewed leadership was in the air. Rihards Bukarts delays the shot for a long time, even goes right past the keeper and then hits the disc in front of the goal. There, however, no player manages to keep his trowel in the shot.
Jonathan Pudas with a great pass directly in front of the goal, in dire need the Latvians get the disc out of the slot. Shortly thereafter, Latvia is complete again.
Sweden is allowed to fill up and is now a good one minute ahead.
The compensation is absolutely deserved. Although Latvia defended passionately in third two, nothing offensive has come from the host so far.
Goal for Sweden, 1-1 by Timothy Liljegren
Sweden equalizes! The Swedes have the disc away from the face-off. Lucas Raymond makes a lot of yards, binds opponents and then skillfully puts it down in the center with the backhand for Liljegren. He has a lot of time, can look out for the goalkeeper and hits the top right of the box to make it 1-1.
Minor penalty (2 minutes) for Jānis Jaks (Latvia)
Overpay there because Jānis Jaks has to go to the penalty box due to disability. Well a minute now four against four.
Minor penalty (2 minutes) for Marcus Sörensen (Sweden)
Now the first penalty for the Swedes. Marcus Sörensen has to go to the penalty box for two minutes because of tripping.
Artūrs Šilovs now very much in focus! The pressure from the Swedes is getting bigger and bigger. First Marcus Sörensen fails with his shot from the turn out of the slot, then Šilovs also defused a shot from the right and has the disc.
Latvia survives this minority and is complete again.
Henrik Tömmernes tries it himself, Kārlis Čukste puts his body in the path of the shot and blocks this finish.
Henrik Tömmernes distributes the disc, Lucas Raymond with the Onetimer from the left. outside net!
Minor penalty (2 minutes) for Ralfs Freibergs (Latvia)
Ralfs Freibergs has to go into the cool box because of his high stick. Second power play now for Sweden.
Lots of quick disc losses now on both sides. Suddenly three Swedes run towards Šilovs. A defender, however, prevented the cross pass, and Carlsson shot from the right, but Šilovs cleared it to the side.
Only Sweden has played here since the restart, but they still don't have a hundred percent chance of scoring.
Lucas Raymond with the first degree in this middle section. But again Artūrs Šilovs clears with the schooner and defuses the shot.
Moving on, can Tre Kronor hit back here in period two?
Beginning of 2nd third
Latvia surprisingly leads 1-0 against Sweden after the first period! In a fast game, no team was initially able to gain any real advantages. Just when Sweden came in better, the hosts scored the lead. Dans Lomelis dusted in the slot. As a result, Artūrs Šilovs had to intervene a number of times for his Latvians, but the Swedes weren't under constant pressure. It's about to go on!
End of 1st third
Constant pressure from the Swedes now, who let the disc spin a lot. Leo Carlsson's shot defused Šilovs.
Fabian Zetterlund with a chance on the powerplay but Šilovs is great.
Minor penalty (2 minutes) for Oskars Batņa (Latvia)
First penalty of the game: Oskars Batņa is hit for tripping. Power play now for Sweden, who have scored every third manpower situation this tournament.
Pär Lindholm once again with a degree for the Swedes. But it won't be really dangerous for the Šilovs box.
The Latvians with the next degree. They play the hard rubber forward quickly and without frills. Johansson defused Indrašis' backhand shot with the schooner.
The atmosphere in Riga is of course fantastic now, the outsiders and hosts are actually leading against Sweden here.
Goal for Latvia, 0-1 by Dans Lomelis
The Latvians surprisingly go in front! Rihards Bukarts brings the disc into the slot from behind the goal. There, Miks Indrašis' shot was initially denied by Lars Johansson, but the rebound went to Dans Lomelis, who scored his first goal of the World Cup and hit the net to make it 1-0.
Mārtiņš Dzierkals drives the disc into the third of the Swedes, who can then clear the whole thing without any problems.
Carl Grundström with the Onetimer on the outside of the post after a strong assist from Henrik Tömmernes. Lucky for Latvia.
The Latvians play their few counterattacks badly in this phase, the pressure from the Swedes increases.
Good save by Artūrs Šilovs after Carl Grundström tries a shot into the near post.
Neither team has been able to develop clear advantages so far, it's an even game, although the Swedes have a little more possession.
Jonathan Pudas finishes from the blue line, Šilovs clears aside with his bat hand.
Three on two counterattack situation of the Latvians! Rūdolfs Balcers with the graduation from the right. But Johansson closes the corner.
Powerful start from both teams here in Riga.
Let's go, the puck fell! Who goes into the semifinals?
The teams come onto the ice. It will start soon!
Back to tonight's game and the umpires. Mikko Kaukokari Langin from Finland and Sean Macfarlane from the USA will ensure order on the ice. Jake Davies, also from the USA, and Canadian Brett Mackey support the two as linespersons.
And that you can bowl a favorite out of the tournament in a single encounter, the Germans already demonstrated in the early quarter-finals. The DEB team won 3:1 against the favored Swiss. In the semi-finals they now meet the USA, who beat the Czech Republic 3-0.
The Swedes are the clear favorites here today. Tre Kronor has won 19 of the 21 previous duels between these two teams. With the home fans behind them, the Latvians want to cause a surprise here.
The 4:3 victory in extra time against the favored Swiss on the last day of the group match was decisive for qualifying for the quarter-finals. With these two points, you pushed ahead of Slovakia and, because of the direct comparison won, also the Czech Republic.
While the Swedes comfortably secured second place in group A and advanced to the quarter-finals with 18 points, co-hosts Latvia had to tremble for the quarter-finals for a long time. With only 13 points, they finally fought their way to third place in group B and are still represented in the tournament.
Duel for the semifinals! Hello and welcome to the quarterfinals between Sweden and Latvia. Bully in Riga is at 19:20!