Sweden begins with a historic failure directly at the World Cup premiere in Riga.
The first loss ever against Denmark in a World Cup final.
And worst of all – the Danes won deservedly.
Now I am very worried about this Swedish team.
They may even miss the playoffs.
Yes, what a start and what a dirty match by the Swedes.
A miserable failure.
Without in any way diminishing the Danes’ performance.
They made the perfect match.
The same Denmark that made their first historic win over Sweden in late April 29, when they won 3-2 in the Nordic Cup in Malmö – after twenty straight losses.
I would rather have seen it as a guarantee that it would not happen again.
Sweden, which has 11 straight World Cup victories against Denmark, is 58-17 in goal and has never been close to losing points when it really matters.
Now I feel empty as if I was sitting in the stands during the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 and just saw Trey Kronor lose the Olympic quarter-final against what was then Belarus in 2002.
Damage can be repaired
The same 4-3, the same clock that ticked at really bad speed when the Swedes pressed to equalize at the end.
Of course, this loss was not bitter. Then Sweden was wiped out, and now they still had a chance to repair the damage.
And now they are waiting for the same Belarusian who is now called Belarusians.
Yes, already tomorrow Sunday.
This in a situation where Sweden can not lose a single point.
There will be three points each against Belarus, Slovakia and Great Britain, which is the real group berry.
In this case, I do not even dare to hope for points against Russia or the Czech Republic.
Yes, not even Switzerland which has a strong squad in Riga as it was when they played the World Cup final against Sweden in 2013 and 2018.
There is an obvious danger
No, there is a clear risk that Sweden will miss the qualifiers and history will be written in that case.
Now the Swedes can hope that Denmark does not continue to bark, because they have three points ahead and a mutual meeting that can take them before Sweden at an even final table.
Yes, it’s easy to see the future in the dark on a day like this.
I have a hard time highlighting a Swede afterwards.
Hill would be Nils Lundqvist in this case, or Karl Klingberg who still scored two goals and his streak of goals with Oscar Lindbergh and Bar Lindholm. They are still creating in the future.
But the biggest player of the match was the Dane Niklas Jensen, who scored three goals and played until the fourth goal.
He was the star and he lacked the captain of the Swedish army.
Yes, Sweden was on the bridge from the start, when the Danes dominated and won shots in the first half with 7-3.
Then Nikolai Mayer offered Sweden 1-0, when he released Karl Klingberg in his area.
He must have had a stroke, when he served the Swede with a perfect pass.
Klingberg was clinical at the end when he lifted the ball into Sebastian Dehm’s left cross.
Then I sat and waited for the effect of Swedish ketchup, especially that the captain of the Danish national team is called Heinz.
But it was old lecturer Heinz Eilers who cheered, when Niklas Jensen led 1-1 with a pike into the club and set up Victor Fast.
But when Henrik Tomerens shot 2-1 in the blue, in their second dash, the heart rate dropped again.
Now it’s probably over anyway.
Become the king of bananas
No, the same Jensen who made 1-1 had to stand completely clean in front of the Swedish goal and raise 2-2 with backhand and straight kick into Fast’s left cross.
Even more perfectly, a point can not be placed in the shape of a cross.
Then after 36 seconds the same Jensen.
Now he found Emil Christensen with an excellent pass in the castle and he immediately shot Christensen.
The score was 3-2 against Denmark before the end of the first half.
And both goals came in four matches against four, when I thought the Swedes would be the ones to dominate and dominate.
The 28-year-old, who held a Danish and Canadian passport, was the king of the course.
I remember Niklas Jensen from his season in AIK and SHL 2012-13.
I have registered until then.
He did not finish in this match.
When Denmark got a numerical advantage approximately in the middle of the third inning, Jensen found a cross pass behind Fasth again.
My bed is type 2-2, but with a shot in the wrist this time. The score is now 4-2 for the Danes.
The decisive goal of the match was Denmark’s historic goal.
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