Finland meet Sweden at the Steel Arena in Kosice on Thursday evening (local time) in the quarter-final stages of the IIHF World Championship 2019.
The Finns were top of Group A going into their final qualifying match against Germany, but lost 4-2 to be overtaken for first place by Canada. As a consequence, instead of a last eight tie against a Switzerland team on a three-game losing streak, they now have to face their Nordic rivals and two-time defending champions, Sweden.
The Swedes themselves finished third in Group B, having lost their opening game 5-2 to the Czech Republic and their final game 7-4 to the Russians. In between they won all five of their games against their other group rivals.