Switzerland must not underestimate Austria

Switzerland must not underestimate Austria
Switzerland must not underestimate Austria

Benjamin Baumgartner, left, is one of the Austrian players to watch © KEYSTONE/AP/Matthias Schrader

Published on 05/12/2024

For its second match of the World Championship in Prague, Switzerland faces Austria coached by Roger Bader on Sunday (8:20 p.m.). You will have to be serious.

On paper, Austria does not fight in the same category as Switzerland. When Switzerland aims for the last four, the neighbor seeks not to go down to the second division.

And to succeed in this enterprise, the German-speaking coach Roger Bader, father of the Swiss team player Thierry, can count on a nice delegation of players playing in Switzerland with Benjamin Baumgartner (Berne), Vinzenz Rohrer (Zurich), Dominic Zwerger (Ambri) and Bernd Wolf (Kloten, ex-Lugano). Kilian Zündel (ex-Ambri) and Peter Schneider (ex-Bienne) also know the National League.

But the one who is called upon to make the difference is called Marco Rossi. The former Zurich Lions junior scored 21 goals and 19 assists this season with Minnesota in the NHL.

The last time Switzerland had to fight Austria at the World Championship was in Bratislava in 2019 and Patrick Fischer’s men won 4-0. Before this victory, the statistics were not great on the Swiss side. In Copenhagen in 2018, the 3-2 victory fell into overtime. In 2015 in Prague, Austria surprised the selection of Glen Hanlon 4-3 on penalties. And always in the Czech capital but in 2004, the two teams were unable to decide between themselves (4-4).

Switzerland knows that it has no right to underestimate its opponent. Against Norway on Friday, they almost paid dearly at the end of the first third. She is warned.


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