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Solberg stood up again: – An enormous player

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Stian Solberg clicks in a duel with Ondrej Palat. Photo: Petr David Josek / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 11.05.2024 22:55:08

Sport: Central to the Norwegian team was again 18-year-old Stian Solberg. The youngster scored the first before he was behind the 3-1 score.

Solberg was voted Norway’s best player. Against Switzerland the day before, he was also the player who was talked about after the match.

– An enormous player who we look forward to seeing further in the championship, said Viaplay’s commentator Jørgen Klem.

Noah Steen (19) scored in addition to Eirik Salsten.

Norway really came to grips in the first period in a hall packed with Czechs in Prague.

– We expected that we would be involved in these matches, said national team coach Tobias Johansson to Viaplay during the match.

Afterwards he was disappointed.

– It feels a bit bitter, said Johansson.

– I think we play extremely sacrificially and are in the fight until there are three or four minutes left, he added.

The first period yielded three goals in six finishes. But then the hosts took over more.

Roman Cervenka (2), Ondrej Beranek, Matej Stransky and Libor Hajek scored the Czech Republic’s goals. Norway bet towards the end, but Ondrej Palat made it 6-3 in an empty cage.

The teenager Steen would not be any worse than Solberg. Outnumbered, Mathias Trettenes picked up the puck and found Steen who put it in to make it 2-1.

Salsten got his first goal in a WC play-off after a great game. Solberg found Salsten, who stuck the puck in the cross from an acute angle. Seconds later it could have been 4-1, but the Czech Republic reduced the score.

The middle period was intense for the Norwegian team. Chances came at a steady pace for the Czech Republic. Henrik Haukeland in the cage stood like a living wall, and the period can be summed up by the number of shots on goal:

* Czech Republic 20.

* Norway 1.

The Czech Republic equalized four minutes before the end through Beranek. Norway’s only finish was in the parallel bars at Brandsegg-Nygård.

Norway’s first match ended with a 2-5 loss against Switzerland.

Finland is Norway’s next opponent. That match will be played on Monday.

Solberg had several good chances in the opening match against Switzerland, but on Saturday he silenced the hall when he equalized a few seconds after the Czech Republic scored 1-0.

Stransky made it 4-3 five minutes into the last period. The Norwegian team rose somewhat, but it was no more against a Czech Republic that had probably not expected this opposition on their own ice. The Czech Republic took a 5-3 lead and punctuated the match a few minutes before the end.

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