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WFCQ 2016 EUR1: Day 1 – 03.02.2016

Floorball history was made today in the World Floorball Championships Qualification Europe 1 as team Iceland played their first ever WFC match.

It was also the first time in history that the Sweden´s men´s team played in the WFC Qualifications. The reigning champion started thei journey towards Latvia with a convincing 22-0 victory against Belgium. Jonathan Paulsson earned a shutout by stopping just four shots. Sweden´s top scorer in the match was Andreas Dahlqvist, who played his first national team match. He scored a total of six goals.

Game statistics here.

Best players
Sweden: Andreas Dahlqvist
Belgium: Michiel Deleenheer

Andreas Stefansson # 10 scored Iceland´s 1st ever WFC goal/Photo: Ivana Repatá

The second game Iceland made their first ever World Floorball Championships appearance when they met Russia.

Russia´s strong start made a big difference in the game as Russia led by 6-0 after 20 minutes. The newcomers also had scoring chances and improved throughout the game. In the second period Andreas Stefansson scored the first ever goal in a WFC context for team Iceland. The final score was still 12-6 to Russia. Russia´s Nikita Bryn scored 4+0 and was the most effective player.

Game statistics here.

Best players
Russia: Nikita Bryn
Iceland: Andreas Stefansson

In th third and final match of day one the home team Slovakia faced France. The game was quite tight in the beginning when Slovakia led by 5-3 after the first period. But Slovakia did not disappoint their home crowd  and scored five goals in the second period, so the match was settled. Slovakia´s Martin Kubovic scored 4+1.

Best players
Slovakia: Michal Miske
France: Josselin Debraux

Game statistics here.

More news from the WFCQ 2016 EUR 1: http://wfcq2016.sk/en/
More WFCQ EUR1 photos by Ivana Repatá: www.flickr.com/photos/iff_floorball/albums/72157661150372774
Player interviews & game highlights: https://www.youtube.com/iffchannel/videos