The 5-8 classification matches at the men’s Indoor Hockey World Cup here in Leipzig took place on Sunday morning, with Russia defeating Sweden to take 5th place and Poland seeing off Switzerland to claim 7th.
Russia, whose title ambitions were ended by surprise nation Iran in the quarter-finals, were 3-1 winners over the Swedes, with Sergey Spichkovskiy scoring twice. Following the game, Russia captain Dmitry Volkov was in reflective mood, stating: “We are very disappointed as it was our goal to play-off for the medals. There was no need to lose the quarter-final against Iran because we were the better team. For the majority of our team it was the last chance to win a medal at an Indoor World Cup, so we are very sad about missing out here.”
Sweden captain Anders Lundqvist was disappointed by the result, but saw a lot of positives in Sweden’s Indoor World Cup Campaign. “It as been a great tournament so we should be happy with our overall performance , and we had many fans coming over here”, said Lundqvist. “We hope our performance was good for Swedish hockey and we hopefully will inspire more people back home to play the game.”
In the 7-8 classification match, triple Indoor World Cup silver medallists Poland ended their tournament on a high with a dramatic shoot-out victory over Switzerland. Poland’s Bartosz Zywiczka netted in the final minute of the game before scoring what proved to be the decisive goal in the shoot-out.
“We could have made more out of this tournament”, said retiring Swiss goalkeeper Dominic Wullschleger. “Today it was a close one again, but I am not worried about the future of this team because they have a lot of potential and they will do very well in the future. I finished my career with a positive feeling. I can look back on three Indoor World Cups, including the first one here in Leipzig 12 years ago.”
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