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WFCQ 2016 EUR1: Day 4 – 06.02.2016

Floorball history was also made today in the World Floorball Championships Europe 1 Qualification when Iceland won their first ever WFC (and international) match. Team Sweden secured the WFCQ EUR1 victory and are ready for the WFC 2016 in Riga.

France scored the first goal of the match by Martin Bondue, but then the dangerous first line of Iceland stepped up. First Kristian Magnusson scores and before the intermission, Andreas Stefansson takes Iceland to the lead with a breakaway.

The game continued to be very even, but in 46.01 Iceland gets two goals in front. France plays the last minutes without goalie, but it is Stefansson who takes advantage of the situation and he scores his fourth goal of the match. Stefansson dominated against France today and collected 4+2. Final score: Iceland - France 7-4.

Game statistics here.

Best players
Iceland: Andreas Stefansson
France: Thibault Van Nedervelde

In the second match Russia secured their third victory by defeating Belgium 11-2. Team Russia played their best floorball so far in the tournament. Both Anatolii Bykov and Pavel Semenov scored 3+0. 1295 spectators watched the match in the arena.

Game statistics here.

Best players
Russia: Anatolii Bykov
Belgium: Michael Jonsson

A full house, 2053 spectators, watched the final match of the day when the home team faced the reigning champion, Sweden. The atmosphere in the arena was amazing.

But the home crowd probably would have hoped for more, as team Sweden put on a floorball show, leaving Slovakia without possession. Slovakia played very deep in their defence, leaving a lot of open space for the Swedish defenders who found the passing and shooting lanes. Slovakia played more solid defence for the rest of the match but still Sweden scored a total of 20 goals and Slovakia one.

Tomorrow´s match at 12:00 CET will decide if Russia or Slovakia will take the second place in the group. The third placed team´s spot in the Final Round depends on the other WFCQ groups in Europe.

Game statistics here.

Best players
Sweden: Alexander Galante Carlström 
Slovakia: Vaclav Komacka

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

Teams will qualify for the Men´s WFC 2016 from Europe according to the following:

i) The two best teams from each qualification group and the two best 3rd placed teams will qualify.

ii) The calculation of the best 3rd teams will follow this order: 1. Average number of points 2. Average goal difference 3. Average scored goals 4. Lottery drawing. *

*Since the number of teams between the qualification groups differ, the group sizes will be equalised by removing the results from the matches against the lowest placed teams in the larger-sized group before comparing the average results.