WFC 2013

07 November 2013

Czech women's national team have won their second consecutive game against Finland, this time beating them 3:2 at the EFT tournament. In their other two games the Czechs didn't win a point and, therefore, finished third at the event. EFT in Gothenburg, Sweden was dominated by the home team, with Switzerland ending second.


b_300_0_16777215_00_images_aaa.jpgThe Czech team coaches were leaving for Sweden with clear goals. They wanted to clarify certain spots in the squad and also to try various styles of play against their opponents. The opening game wasn't very successful for the Czechs. They were outplayed by Switzerland mainly in the second period and lost by 4:7. “We wanted to focus on responsible defence and not to concede a lot, but we didn't really succeed in the end. On the other hand, even this modified line-up managed to show certain things we have been training for a long time,” Markéta Šteglová, the Czech team's head coach, indicated at least partial satisfaction with the first game.

The forward Hana Sládečková had a good performance against Switzerland, scoring two goals. “In the first period the Swiss players seemed rather caught by surprise by our play, but in the second period they improved their performance at least by 50%. The game again confirmed that we must not slack off for a single minute when playing against them. I believe we will achieve a better result at the World Championship in our country,” the scorer of two goals commented. In the Friday's second game Sweden outshot Finland by 8:5. Sandra Mattsson helped the home team with a hat-trick.

In their second match, the Czechs faced Sweden. And it was the Czech team who surprisingly went into the lead twice in the opening period! But the Swedes confirmed their top quality in the end and dominated the rest of the game to win 8:3. In the last minute only they scored three goals! “It's a real pity. We played an excellent game for almost 60 minutes and then we lose focus in one minute and lose a good result as well as good impression from a game, in which we worked really hard,” the coach Karolína Šatalíková commented on the unlucky ending of the match.

And she also added that the Czech team must learn a lesson from this. “This must not happen to us, or else we won't succeed at the World Championship. We proved to ourselves that we can even play against the best team,” she concluded. Dominika Šteglová, the Czech team's key player, also regretted the poor final part of the game. “We had a good match for the most part, but we feel some bitterness from what happened at the end. This must not happen to us!” the Herbadent Prague player said about the game against Sweden. The Saturday's second match saw a Finnish victory in a penalty shoot-out against Switzerland.

The Czechs didn't want to travel home without a single point, so they defeated Finland in their second successive encounter, this time by 3:2. All three goals were scored by Tereza Urbánková, who confirmed her good form and determination. With this valuable victory the Czechs earned the third position in the EFT tournament ahead of team Finland. The EFT was totally dominated by the home team of Sweden, who won their third game against Switzerland as well. The tournament was the last event in preparation for the forthcoming championship, which takes place in December and is virtually round the corner. Will we see similar surprising results at the tournament?

Skupina ČEZ
Ostrava - City of sport

Moravskoslezský kraj
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