Slovakia stood up for an impressive new effort at the World Cup when the Russians were defeated. Milos Klemen made it 1-0 in the second half, before Martin Gernat hit a shot to make it 2-1, 13 minutes into the third half.
The Slovaks finally won 3-1 after a goal in the Russian open goal one minute before the end of the match, and SVT Sports experts praised afterwards. But more than that, the Russians were criticized for their stance on this match.
– There is nothing to inspire them. There may be some change here and there, but it takes a lot of inspiration and strength. They are the Russians in a nutshell. This is not professional, you do not participate in the World Cup match and you are better prepared and understand that the opponents are not bad. Håkan Loob says Slovakia battling with its beaks and claws, then you have to come up with a little attitude.
“There is no beautiful way”
Mikael Renberg was also not happy with the Russian efforts.
There are different ways to lose hockey matches, and that wasn’t a pretty way, says Rheinberg.
With this win, Slovakia topped Group A with nine points out of a possible nine. Russia’s national team at the World Cup also occupies the top, but this is after the planned defeat of Great Britain and the Czech Republic.