3-1 win over Latvia – Switzerland into World Cup semi-finals – Sports

  • The Swiss floorball team beat Latvia 3-1 in a hard-fought home World Cup match and are in the semi-finals.
  • Noel Seiler, Jan Zaugg and Manuel Maurer took care of Switzerland’s goals in front of 5,495 spectators in Zurich.
  • In the semi-finals, Switzerland faces the winner of the duel between the Czech Republic and Slovakia (live on SRF on Friday from 15:00).

After the first period, Switzerland was in the lead and deservedly 2:0. Nati seemed focused and was the better team. In the 6th minute, Noel Seiler finished off the counterattack after some nice interaction with Jan Zaugg for the opening goal. In the 17th minute, it was Zaugg himself who could be celebrated as the scorer.

With the lead behind them, Switzerland suddenly started an error-prone second round. Latvia upped the ante and scored a controversial goal through Edgars Purins. Christoph Camenisch lost a piece of equipment behind his own goal, after which the Latvian pushed the ball past goalkeeper Patrick Eder. However, video footage did not show whether the ball actually crossed the line. However, the referees awarded the goal.


The Swiss also struggled in the final section. It was only with the kind help of the Latvians that the decisive 3:1 was achieved. Michael Schiess and Manuel Maurer intercepted the ball in the opponent’s half and Maurer then deftly completed a quick pass.

The Latvians could not react to it, even though they replaced the goalkeeper with an extra player in the field more than three minutes before the end. And the Swiss also survived a double short-circuit situation, as Joel Rüegger received a penalty in the 58th minute for 2 minutes unscathed.

Overall, Switzerland had to fight harder than hoped, but the semi-finals are still on course. Latvia, on the other hand, will not succeed in the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the third time in a row.

Sweden with a clear victory

World champion Sweden also qualified for the semi-finals. The best favorite was already leading 6:1 against the outsider Norway after the first period. The Swedes eventually prevailed 18:2. Sweden will face the winners of the quarter-finals between Finland and Germany in the semi-finals (live on SRF on Friday from 18:00).

Here’s how to proceed

Switzerland will play the semi-finals at their home World Cup on Saturday from 17:30 (live on SRF) against the winners of the quarter-finals between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This game will be played on Friday from 15:00 (live on stream).

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