From the dream of gold at the floorball national team’s home world championship.
Sven MicosseSports reporter
The disillusionment after missing out on the World Cup final is great. “It’s empty right now, I don’t know what to say. At the moment it’s pure disappointment and in Bernese German it’s ‹scheißt eifach aa›,” says Luca Graf afterwards.
In the beginning, everything was served as a floorball treat. The 11,254 fans at the Swiss Life Arena are already in full attendance as the national anthem plays, creating goosebumps. Nati starts equally promisingly but has to take a blow to the neck early on as Krbec opens the scoring.
Christoph Meier can answer promptly. He collected a high pass from Tobias Heller and fired the ball into the net. Three minutes later, Switzerland manage to turn it around. Patrick Mendelin remains criminally alone and sends the arena into ecstasy. The Czechs go into the break with the lead after a double strike by Hemerka and Němeček.
The Czech Republic decides the match in the middle period
In the second period, Patrick Eder is on the bench behind Pascal Meier, who fell ill with gastroenteritis during the week and is not yet fully fit. Eder is having a bitter debut in the game. After 31 seconds, he has to reach behind himself for the first time, two minutes later the ball bounces off his mask and into the penalty area.
Nati tries to find a way back into the game, but the Czech continues her uncompromising run and can now make it 7:2. Shortly before the end of the second round, Mendelin manages to give the Swiss offensive a sign of life again.
In the first third intermission, the five bronze heroes of the home World Cup 2019 said goodbye. Brigitte Mischler, Tanja Stella, Michelle Wiki, Julia Suter, Flurina Marti will receive a standing ovation – and will they conjure up the spirit of the miracle of Neuchâtel? Unforgettable, when the Czechs overcame a deficit of 2:6 in a very dramatic way and fought their way to the final.
Bronze: “We owe it to the fans”
“We may have to look at our own noses. We knew we just needed a goal to bring back the emotion and the spirit. But we didn’t make it.” The Swiss are saving nothing, but the Czechs are in a hurry to score.
There is little time left before the bronze medal match against Finland on Sunday afternoon. Victory is a condition: “We want to win tomorrow. It is mandatory, we owe it to the fans and everyone who has worked around this project for many years. We hope we can do that,” Graf said.