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WorldHockey World Cup Qualifier (Men)

Lille, France - October 31 - November 8, 2009

Russia v Italy

Final 5-6

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
November 8th, 2009
16 Final 5-6 11:00am Russia RUS - ITA Italy 2 - 0 (2 - 0) Final    

Match Report

5th-6th – Russia v. Italy: 2-0 (half-time: 2-0)

The first classification match started in a crisp autumn morning, with no rain on the horizon for a change. Russia started with much more purpose than in the pool game against the same opponent and Alexander KOROLEV had an early chance in front of goal but sent his reverse stick shot high over the crossbar. Alexandre PLATONOV was more realistic a few minutes later and slotted the ball out of reach of Davide GUIDA in the Italian goal.

Russia controlled most of the play and Alexander ZHIRKOV increased their tally in the 19th minute. Italy reacted under the leadership of their charismatic captain Jacopo LUNETTA but could seldom threaten Roman ROGOV in the Russian goal. They nevertheless held tight in defense and the score stayed unchanged until half-time, reached with the two-goal lead for Russia.

The same pattern prevailed in second period. Playing their sixth game in nine days, both teams were getting tired and intensity of play diminished significantly. No real scoring chances were created and Russia finally won 2-0, justifying their better ranking than Italy.

FRA v JPN (1st Round) POL v FRA (Final 3-4)

POOL STANDINGS

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Round-Robin
Pakistan  PAK 5 4 0 1 16 12
Japan  JPN 5 4 0 1 4 12
Poland  POL 5 3 1 1 4 10
France  FRA 5 2 1 2 1 7
Russia  RUS 5 0 1 4 -11 1
Italy  ITA 5 0 1 4 -14 1

MATCHES

Nov 8, 2009
RUS Russia
Italy ITA
POL Poland
France FRA
PAK Pakistan
Japan JPN
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