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The fact that Canadians are in the World Cup final is nothing unusual. After performing at the tournament in Riga in the preliminary rounds, it was a surprise. Had there been no winner after 60 minutes in the match between Germany and hosts Latvia on Tuesday evening and if Kazakhstan had not lost the last game against Norway, the “Maple Leaves” would have already been at home.
bad memories of finland
But first it turns out differently, and secondly what you think. In the quarter-finals the Canadians took out the favorite Russians, in the semi-finals they got rid of USA. Despite a weak start to the tournament, the Canadians are in the final and meet Finland there. He has no good memories of recent times for a rival to the North Americans.
Both the teams have already faced each other in the finals in 1994, 2007, 2016 and the last World Cup in 2019. The North Americans won the first 3 times, 2 years before the Finns won an astonishing 3:1. The teams have already played against each other at this year’s World Cup: Finland won the preliminary round 3–2 after a penalty shoot-out.
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Canadian players are in the final for the 5th time in the last 6 years. If the North American wins again this time around, it will be their 27th World Cup title, which will enable them to catch up with the record holder Russia. Finland wants to climb to the throne of the World Cup for the fourth time. Should the Northern Europeans re-prove their ruthless prowess and their well-known defensive qualities in the final, an even easier task awaits the Canadians.
SRF 2, SportLive, 05.06.2021 at 1 pm; gum / agencies
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