The WFC quarterfinals start!
On Thursday, the WFC continues with the quarterfinals and a bunch of placement matches!
10:00 CET Thailand – USA
Thailand and the USA will play their final game of this tournament, in the hunt for 15th place. The USA lost all of its previous games, against Australia, Singapore, Thailand (you read that right), and Estonia. Thailand, on the other hand, lost against Singapore, Australia, and Japan.
On Tuesday, the teams already faced each other, with Thailand as clear victor: 5-10. Thailand won all periods (1-2, 1-4, 3-4), but the USA surely is eager to take revenge. The winner will end up at 15th place, while the loser will become 16th.
12:00 CET Denmark – Singapore
After Singapore’s heroic battle against Germany, the team has set its mind to a new goal: working as hard as possible to make it to 9th place. In these 9-12th place-games, the team meets Denmark as its first opponent. The Danes beat Japan and Estonia, but lost against Norway and Slovakia.
Denmark might look like the favorite in this match, but it won’t be the first time Singapore surprises the floorball world! The winner of this game moves up to the match for 9th place (against the winner of the 15:00 CET game, see below), while the loser will have to fight for 11th place (against the loser of that same game, see below)
13:00 CET Japan – Estonia
Just like Thailand and the USA, Japan and Estonia are up for their last match. It’s the 13th spot they’re fighting for, which is higher than their current World Ranking spot, as Japan is at 14th place and Estonia even at 16th. In the group stage, the teams already met, with Estonia as winner (4-6).
Japan lost all its group stage games, against Denmark, Estonia (as said), and Norway, but all with a relatively low number of goals against. By beating Thailand, the team is now at the current position. Estonia gained two points in the group stage, which was not enough to get to the playoff spots. The USA was beaten in overtime (4-3), putting the team next to Japan again in their final WFC 2019 game.
15:00 CET Australia – Norway
Denmark, Singapore, Australia, and Norway will continue the tournament battling for the 9-12th spots. While Denmark and Singapore meet in the first game, Australia and Norway face each other in this battle. Australia played a tough match against Poland, which was quite even up till halfway the game (4-3 lead in Poland’s favor), but ended up in a 10-3 loss. Norway played a close match against Latvia, but lost 6-4.
16:00 CET Finland – Slovakia
The first quarterfinal of this WFC is the one between vice-champion Finland and playoff winner Slovakia. Finland didn’t have a tough time reaching the quarterfinal, but the 4-7 loss against Switzerland must have hurt at least a bit. Slovakia has faced a strong opponent already, as the Czech Republic was far too strong in the group stage: 19-3. What’s at stake: a spot in the semifinal, in which the winner of Sweden – Germany will be the opponent!
19:00 CET Switzerland – Latvia
The second quarterfinal is between host country Switzerland, who won all of their games so far, and Latvia. Latvia’s tournament hasn’t been the greatest so far, with three losses in the group stage (with 8 goals scored and 37 against), but the playoff victory against Denmark must have given the team a bit more confidence. The winner of this game moves up to the semifinal against the winner of the quarterfinal between the Czech Republic and Poland.