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WFC 2008

Sunday, 14 December 2008 Print E-mail
Finland is the World Champion
The Finnish floorball players became the World Champions. For the first time in history they defeated neighbouring Sweden in the final. As well as two years ago in Stockholm the final between Sweden and Finland finished with the result 7:6 in overtime. However, the Finns enjoyed the triumph this time. The scorer of the winning goal was Tero Tiitu.

The Finns started the match in a great style. The score of the match was opened after a minute of the game by Mika Kavekari and at the time 15:55 the defending world champions had to take time-out because Finland was leading 4:0. At the same time the Swedish goalie Peter Sjögren was substituted by Daniel Ramsin after the fourth goal.

However, the Swedes recovered to turn the match. They played only with two lines and performed their force in the second period. They started to press to the offensive and gradually reduced the Finnish lead. Djurling scored in the twenty-first minute, Jihde added another goal and Calebsson after him. Before the players went to the dressing rooms the Swedes were loosing by just one goal.
At the beginning of the third period Kimmo Eskelinen equalized and after him Fredrik Djurling made the yellow crowd of the Swedish fans happy. Less than two minutes later Niklas Jihde increased the lead of Tre Kronor by the prompt shot.

However, Lassi Vänttinen, who scored twice under the crossbar of the Swedish goal during two power plays from the right wing, got Finland back to the match. As well as two years ago in Stockholm the final match between Sweden and Finland with the score 6:6 continued to overtime.
The Finns promptly outnumbered and after five minutes of the overtime they decided the gold medals. Hyvärinen passed to the left wing to Tero Tiitu who secured the Finnish gold triumph at the World Championship.