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The Swiss make street hockey history!

The Swiss male team qualifies qualifies for the semi-finals at the World Street Hockey Championships. They beat Greece 3:2 after a magical turnaround. 

Never before has a Swiss men's team reached a World Championship semi-final in modern street hockey. All that was needed for making history was a win against Greece, the fourth-placed team at the last World Cup. The self-confidence of the Swiss was evident from the start. They kept the Greeks pinned back in their zone for long stretches. Only occasionally were the Greeks able to break out from the Swiss grip, but they were dangerous when they did. And yet, the opening goal for the Greeks came out of nowhere. Amanatidis deflected a long-range shot unstoppably just before the first buzzer. 

The Greeks came out of the first break better organized defensively, were robust in the duels and were relentless in attack. After Switzerland lost possession in their own zone, Alvo curled the ball into the far corner. We are in minute 24. But the Swiss responded promptly – and how! First, Rohdewald energetically won the ball in front of goal and scored. Shortly afterwards, Grandjean equalized with a long-range shot. 

Energized by these two goals, Switzerland continued to whirl around in the final period. A goal was in the air several times. Five minutes before the end, Paulik completed the deserved turnaround with a slapshot into the crossbar. The Lonza Arena shook. Supported by its vociferous fans, the Swiss team saved the historic victory over time. The semi-final with the Swiss team starts on Friday at 18:00 in the Lonza Arena in Visp. Opponent is either reigning world champion Canada or the USA. 


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