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Ice Hockey

Sweden stunned by Norway at World Cup

Published söndag 1 maj 2011 kl 11.04
Goalie Erik Ersberg lets in one of Norway's goals. Photo: Petr David Josek/AP/Scanpix.

"Fiasco" , "embarrassing" and "nightmare" are some of the things said about the men's first World Cup ice-hockey game, which they lost against Norway 4-5, after penalties.

Sweden has never before lost against Norway in a championship, but rather won 14 times. But this time around, in Kosice Slovakia, it was the Norwegians that made it into first place.

It started so well for the Swedes, who completely dominated the first period, which ended 3-1. But in the second period, the Norwegians pushed harder and managed to equalise at 3-3. In the final period Sweden's Loui Eriksson scored his second goal, and it looked like Sweden would win by 4-3.

But with less than five minutes left to play, Norway's Anders Bastiansen scored, securing a 4-4 draw. After five minutes of dramatic extra time, the game turned to a penalty shootout, which was won by the Norwegians.

Sweden will now have to get quickly back into shape in order to take on Austria and the US, the other teams in the group.

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