Russia and Finland meet in the IIHF World Championship 2019 semi-final at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava on Saturday afternoon, with the winners going through to a final against either Canada or the Czech Republic.
Russia maintained their 100% record at this year’s IIHF World Championship with a 4-3 win over the USA in Thursday afternoon’s quarter-final at the Ondrej Nepela Arena, making it straight wins. A goal from Nikita Gusev on 1:07 gave Russia an early lead and they were in front in the game thereafter. Additional goals came from Mikhail Sergachyov, Kirill Kaprizov and Mikhail Grigorenko.
Finland ended the reign of two-time defending champions Sweden in dramatic fashion with a 5-4 OT win at the Steel Arena in Kosice.