|May 28th, 2013|
|6||Round Robin||6:30pm||RUS - AUT||4 - 2 (3 - 1)||Final|
The nailbiter of the day came at the end, when Russia took on Austria in a hotly disputed clash. The home team gained an early advantage when Nikolay Yankin took advantage of a misunderstanding in the Austrian defense to open the scoring in the 6th minute, but Austria's Michi Körper responded less than five minutes later with a cracking penalty corner flick for the 1-1.
An open battle between equal opponents ensued, with chances at either end, and it was the Russians who pulled ahead again when Nikolay Komarov slapped a ball across the circle into the boards. With a great solo run and goal in the dying seconds of the first half, Dmitry Azarov subsequently extended the lead to 3-1.
In the second half, Austria came out blazing, chasing the elusive goal to narrow the gap. After 20 minutes, Michael Körper brought them back within striking distance with another penalty corner goal, but veteran Alexander Platonov re-stored the two goal lead little later, pushing the ball over the line in a crowded circle.
The match ended with a 4-2 win for Russia, designating Russia the crown prince of the tournament for the time being, and complicating Austria's dream of challenging Japan for the elsive spot in the World League Semi-Finals.