Easy for the favorites, France is furious

The Canadians won their first two matches.

AFP

Reigning champion, the most golden country since the organization of the first world champion in 1920 with 28 coronations, Canada continued its warm-up without making any mistakes on Sunday at the 2024 World Cup.

In Prague, the day after a lackluster victory against Great Britain (4-2), the maple leaf nation composed of 24 players from the NHL championship defeated Denmark composed on that date of 22 professionals who do not skate in the NHL championship (1-5).

While leading 0-2 after 20 minutes, the team led by Quebecer André Tourigny tended not to press the gas pedal too hard before flying away in the final seconds (the score went from 1-3 to 1-5 between the 58th and 60th).

One man lives up to expectations: the center of the Chicago Blackhawks, where he skates next to Bernese Philipp Kurashev, Connor Bedard (18 years old). Author of two goals against the Danes, the first choice in the 2023 draft and future NHL star hit the target four times while his team is in training. Not so bad…

Finnish cardboard

Still in the Swiss group, the Finns easily beat the British, newly promoted (8-0). Great Britain indeed experienced a painful Sunday at the Prague Arena during its second match. Archi-dominated (47-14 in the statistics of shots on target), the selection led by Peter Russell, a former goalkeeper who is in his fifth international campaign behind the bench, had to be satisfied with the role of an extra in a dialogue which quickly turned into a monologue.

In this group A, on Monday, Finland will play against Norway (4:20 p.m.), while Switzerland will face the Czechs (8:20 p.m.).

Sweden without forcing

In group B, Sweden, winner of its first match against the United States (5-2), held off against Poland (5-1). It was already 2-0 for Sam Hallam’s men after 7 minutes of play, thanks to successes from Marcus Johansson (4th) and Lucas Raymond (7th).

Twice more present in front of the opposing cage (38 shots to 15), the Swedes managed the rest of the match. Erik Karlsson (33rd) added a unit to the scoreboard in the second period and, in the third period, Andre Burakovsky (55th) and Erik Karlsson (56th) responded to a Polish success from Alan Lyszczarczyk (43rd) to conclude the evening.

One second too many for France

The French team has legitimate reasons to be divided by two feelings after losing its second match on Sunday in Ostrava (3-2 ap) against Latvia.

The selection led by Philippe Bozon, the former striker of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Lausanne, Lugano and Genève-Servette, has reason to be proud of having stolen a point from Latvia, a nation which had adorned itself with the bronze medal twelve months ago, at the end of the tournament jointly organized in Tampere and Riga. She had the merit of having forced her opponent to play an extension.

But she has understandable reasons to scream against the plot of this end of the meeting. Goalkeeper Julian Junca conceded the defeat goal with only one second (!) left on the clock. His executioner: striker Kaspars Daugavins, former member of CP Berne.

On Monday, in this group, the United States will face Slovakia (4:20 p.m.) and Germany will play Sweden (8:20 p.m.).

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