Both teams scored three wins, scored 9 points, but only one of them could get the last ticket to the quarterfinals.
Resting two days before the decisive meeting, the Germans immediately rushed forward and created at the gate of Elvis Merzlikina a lot of points. Latvian goalkeeper had to spin like a squirrel in a wheel, plus the team has twice remained in the minority. In the end, only for the first 20 minutes of the hockey team of Germany inflicted on target 19 shots, almost every minute Merzlikina had to come into play.
The second period began for the national team of Latvia with the majority draw which was not successful. Just as the Germans stood, as already have received the numerical superiority (was deleted by Arthur Kulda) and on the third attempt implemented. A shot from the blue Erhoff Merzlikin reflected, but to finish off the German forward David wolf balinski to prevent failed— 0:1.
It is worth noting a gross error of one of the linesmen, who did not record a release of the puck over the blue line before throwing Erhoff. He raise a hand and this goal did not happen.
Maybe as the next. Because once the game resumed, the home team got the Latvians on the counter-attack and scored the second goal: kink entered the zone, dropped, Merzlikin was parried, but straight into nakatyvayas Dennis Seidenberg — 0:2. Between past goals just 27 seconds.
But the Latvian team was able to withstand this double blow. At first she missed some excellent opportunities to reduce the backlog in the majority, and in one scene, the German goalkeeper Philip Grunauer played just beautifully, reflecting the puck with the tip of the stick.
And still for a minute before the second break Gunar Skvortsova roll with brushes in the far corner managed to soak the goalkeeper of the Germans— 1:2.
In final 20-minute the German team did not hurry forward, playing with an eye on their gates. Hockey players of Latvia persistently crept forward and in the middle of the period succeeded when Indrasis gave the pass to the slot Janis Sprukts, who really shot failed, but the puck in the grid ended up— 2:2.
The initiative goes to the national team of Latvia. Tired Germans increasingly start to make mistakes, followed by removal, which the Latvian team is well-ordered: Balinski hurled from the blue, and Andris Jerins has successfully substituted a stick in the way of flying pucks— 3:2!
The home team had no choice but to rush the final assault, the more that is gone and Kulda. Replacing the goalkeeper, the Germans played in the format "6x4". Fifteen minutes the national team of Latvia was held, and then Merzlikin parried three consecutive shots, but the fourth Felix Schütz pushed has the puck behind the goal line — 3:3! Before the end of normal time was 33 seconds.
By the way, even when left for a couple of seconds, the Latvian team again to expand the score in their favor, but luck turned away from Rihards Bukarts, who failed to hit the puck with summer.
Overtime "3x3" passed with a solid advantage of the Latvian team, which caused as many as 7 shots on goal Grubauer, but the experienced goalie from the Washington capitals allowed his team to stay in the game.
Well, all ended in a shootout. Unfortunately, none of Latvian players failed to score, and the Germans last attempt used Frederic Tiffers — 4:3B!
Delfi led text online this exciting game and learn more aspects of the game or recall the vicissitudes of the match here.
Thus, the world Cup 2017 to the national team of Latvia has ended in Paris for the quarter-finals she's not coming, and will go there the Russian national team under the direction of Oleg Znarka. In turn, the Germans now expect to visit the current world Champions — Canadians.
The 2017 world Championships. Group A:
Germany — Latvia 4:3 BUL (0:0, 2:1, 1:2, 0:0, 1:0)
Washers: 1:0 — wolf (Erhoff, Raymer, 31:02-bol.). 2:0 Seidenberg (Kink, Muller, 31:29). 2:1 Skvortsov (Sotnieks, 38:42). 2:2 Sprukts (Indrasis, Sotnieks, 48:22). 2:3 Jerins (Balinski, Rob.Bukarts, 56:08-bol.). 3:3 Schütz (Dreiseitl, 59:27-bol.).
Victorious bullet: 4:3 Tiffers (65:00).
Shots: 41 — 30.
Goalkeepers: Grunauer — Merzlikin
Fine: 6 — 8.
16 may. Cologne. "LANXESS arena", 18 797 viewers.
Final group a table
1 USA 7 6 0 0 1 31-14 18
2 Russia 7 5 1 0 1 35-10 17
3 Sweden 7 5 0 1 1 29-13 16
4 Germany 7 2 2 1 2 20-23 11
5 Latvia 7 3 0 1 3 14-18 10
6 Denmark 7 1 2 0 4 13-22 7
7 Slovakia 7 0 1 2 4 12-28 4
8 Italy 7 0 0 1 6 6-32 1