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Norway’s coach Tobias Johansson was disappointed. Photo: Frederik Ringnes / NTB

Of NTB | 13.05.2024 18:59:29

Sport: The Norwegian team thus suffered its third loss in as many matches in the championship in the Czech Republic, and on Monday the problems started almost from the first minute. Finland scored both 1-0 and 2-0 in the opening period.

It ended with Christian Kåsastul receiving a nasty blow to the face and head. He left the ice covered in blood.

During the break, national team manager Johansson was merciless towards his own team in the interview with Viaplay.

– I don’t care about the result. I am terribly disappointed with how we performed in these 20 minutes. It’s about every single individual in the dressing room, said the Swede.

– We had a very clear battle plan, we knew what would come and were clear about what we had to do to meet it. There are too many players who have sat and slept at the meeting this morning, he added.

Johansson more than indicated that the half-time talk had been a soliloquy on his part.

– They were not given the opportunity to respond to what I had to say. The next 20 minutes will show whether they listened to what I said or not, said the national team manager.

Max Krogdahl’s cheeky reduction to 1-4 just before the second break was a Norwegian bright spot. The Oskarshamn player came straight from the penalty box when he got the chance alone with the Finnish goalkeeper. The ending was class above.

However, national team manager Johansson found no reason to be very happy about that. He was also unhappy in the second half.

– It is largely the same, he said and announced that he would, among other things, use the last period to try out new line-up combinations.

The Swede called the situation “tombola”.

In any case, the Norwegian team was never close to launching a turnaround. Instead, the loss could quickly become greater. A good Finnish finish hit both the crossbar and the post, before the puck bounced out onto the ice again.

– I want players who are ready for battle, and I don’t think they are today. We have an amazing staff who do everything they can to prepare our team and make sure we have information about the opponent. Today I think it’s a bit on the guys. Whether it is them, or whether I have been unclear, I dare not answer, summed up the national team manager.

– I don’t want to look at that. That speed in there, said Viaplay commentator Jørgen Klem when the replays rolled over the screen.

– Let’s hope it was just the nose like smoke and not the entire upper part of the teeth, said Viaplay expert Alexander Bonsaksen.

The Norwegian doctor Ole Fosse was quickly on the ice and supervised Kåsastul. The Norwegian WC profile then made his way across the ice and into the dressing room while the blood flowed.

In the break between the first and second periods, Kåsastul was stitched up. He then returned to the ice and finished the game.

Injuries are very bad for a Norwegian team that is already struggling on that front. Mattias Nørstebø was not fit for Monday’s match. NTB is informed that he was shot in the finger in the match against the Czech Republic.

Mats Zuccarello was not fit on Monday and also had to sit out the meeting with Finland.

Norway’s next match is against Denmark on Tuesday. There, the national team manager hopes and believes to have Zuccarello back.

Finland opened the middle period in Prague by going straight up to 3-0. Oliver Kapanen then put in 4-0 after a serious Norwegian blunder. Goalkeeper Jonas Arntzen scooped the puck away in his own round, and in front of the goal, Kapanen was able to score the fourth goal in an open cage.

The episode in which Christian Kåsastul injured his face occurred with just over a minute left in the opening period. Then the back slammed into the glove head first. The 27-year-old also hit the edge of the glove with his face.

(© NTB)

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