Czech Republic wins bronze after beating Poland in thrilling final!

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The Czech Republic won the bronze medal after beating Poland. The very tight game ended in 1-3.

No goals were scored in the first period, although the Czech Republic could have scored at least one. Eight saves were made by Polish goalkeeper Patrycja Bernacka (only three for her Czech colleague Pavla Liskova), who would in the end become MVP for Poland. The highest spot Poland has ever reached was 4th place, during the 2008 U19 WFC in Poland, while the Czechs have won the bronze medal twice already before today. However, it was Poland that took the lead at the beginning of the second period, when Martyna Sumislawska found the net after a smart free hit. The Czech Republic kept fighting and shooting and saw this become rewarded by Lenka Faltusova and Nikol Pekarkova, who put their team in a 1-2 lead.

The last period started off badly for Poland, as Zuzanna Krzywak, who had already gotten a 2-min penalty earlier, received a 5-min penalty for obstruction. Despite some chances for the Czechs, no goals followed in these five minutes, so Poland was still alive. Czech Republic’s Vendula Berankova received a 2-min penalty afterward, so this time the Poles had a chance to score. However, the tension rose, but no goals followed. With three minutes left and the 1-2 score still standing, Poland even tried to take advantage of the video referee, but without result.

Directly when the gameplay started again, the Czechs gained ball possession and (with a bit of luck) even scored 1-3. This seemed to be the decision in the game. Poland took out its goalkeeper, but no further goals were scored. This gave the Czech Republic its third bronze medal in history of the U19 women WFC’s, while Poland ended up at 4th place.

Goals in time order:

1 – 022.4211. Martyna Sumislawska7. Weronika GradzkaPOL WU19
1 – 125.1923. Lenka Faltusova12. Lucie RezacovaCZE WU19
1 – 238.4919. Nikol Pekarkova22. Kristyna OtcovskaCZE WU19
1 – 357.1211. Barbora Sedlackova23. Lenka FaltusovaCZE WU19
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