2013 Senior World Championships of Inline Hockey: The leaders having a rough time
To the end of suspense
The must-see game of the beginning of the Worlds: The meeting between the Czech Republic and Canada was the key-moment of those group games. The two teams gave a real battle, with multiple changes of lead, to seize the 1st place of the group. All the ingredients of a great game were gathered. The atmosphere was tensed as the two teams don't like each other. The end of the game was breathtaking with the Canada getting the advantage in the last minutes.
The Czechs bet on the replacement of their goalkeeper by one extra field player to equalize... which is a success as they score one minute before the end. So that Canada did the same. The Maple Leaf players needed the victory to finish 1st of the group. However, the scores won't change anymore: 5 all.
As for the USA, they had a hard time defeating the Italian goalkeeper, Antinori. The Americans finally won 3 to 0, the last goal was scored in an empty goal. France gave the run-around to Latvia, 8 to 0, ending 3rd of their group.
Switzerland supplanted Columbia, both teams will take part in the eighths finals. The last three places went to Brazil, Germany and Australia. All those teams finished second of the bottom groups.
New Zealand and Japan took over the bottom of the chart. The two nations will play for their place in the World Cup tomorrow.
Canada and the USA waiting
In the women's category, Mexico did the best deal of the day. Despite a tie with Germany, the Mexican players made the most of the Argentinian loss to take the lead of the group.
Canada and the USA kept on hanging around for want of rivals on their own level.
Give way to the eighths finals
The next day will be reserved for the men's eighths finals and the women's quarter finals. Let's not forget to have a close look at Sweden to check their capacity at improving their gameplay level.
The surprise of the day happened during the evening when the organizers announced a change in the schedule. The Honda Center won't be available on Saturday anymore! All the finals will finally take place at Huntington Beach, on the same area as the Juniors. Indeed, the main partner of the worlds had the opportunity to re-rent the Arena to a famous professional basketball player for the shooting of a commercial spot. Skating is no match... at least not yet.
|Sweden||4 - 1||New Zealand|
|China||2 - 12||Venezuela|
|Japan||17 - 0||India|
|Latvia||0 - 8||France|
|Namibia||1 - 7||Great Britain|
|Colombia||2 - 8||Switzerland|
|Argentina||4 - 3||Australia|
|Czech Republic||5 - 5||Canada|
|Mexico||0 - 3||Brazil|
|New Zealand||13 - 2||China|
|Italy||0 - 3||USA|
|Venezuela||1 - 7||Germany|
|India||2 - 14||China|
|Brazil||0 - 12||Canada|
|Germany||2 - 2||Mexico|
|Great Britain||4 - 1||Argentina|
|Australia||0 - 6||New Zealand|
|Canada||10 - 1||Namibia|
|Colombia||0 - 9||USA|
LinksText and photos : Roller Addict
Translation: Chloé Seyres