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Close to a sensation against streethockey power Canada

The Swiss women's team demanded everything from the reigning world champions Canada in a 4:1 defeat. In the end, Canada’s individual class made the difference. 

As six-time and reigning world champions, Team Canada is aiming for its third title in a row. They started with this self-confidence. Swiss goalkeeper Wallimann had to save her colours from falling behind after just a few seconds. Nevertheless, the first goal was scored early on: Vigneau Sargeant netted for the favourites after just over two minutes. 

The Swiss team digested this setback surprisingly well. From a solid defence, fighting with solidarity and with strong Wallimann between the posts, the local team got into the game better and better. At times, they were the more active and dangerous team. With their fast strikers, they repeatedly provoked penalties from the North Americans. However, they lacked the final punch in attack for a long time. 

A skilful individual play from Canada's Karpenko to make it two goals at the start of the third period seemed to dampen hopes of a Swiss exploit. The Swiss showed passion here too and responded immediately: Marylin Janjic scored the much-acclaimed fust goal in powerplay. With the crowd behind them, the Swiss pressed for the equalizer. The Maple Leafs now played out their routine and individual class. The 3:1 goal by Upshall signalled the preliminary decision. Switzerland's final rally went unrewarded. 

As expected, the Canadians have secured their place at the top of the group with this victory. The Swiss can record their first success tomorrow against Team "United Nations" and Slovakia. 


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