Latvia beats Norway to reach the quarter-finals – RSI Swiss Radio and TV
First full victory for hosts Latvia. Vitolens’ men beat Norway 2-1 in front of their warm home crowd at Arena Riga, in a decisive challenge to both national teams’ World Cup ambitions. Indeed, with this statement, the Latvians raised their prices to be able to separate the quarter-final ticket, bypassing the Scandinavian countries in the Group B standings.
In Group A, on the other hand, was the evening challenge between the United States and Austria. The North Americans straightened the slope with a score of 4-1, but it didn’t have the magic, quite the opposite. Indeed, Bonino and his buddies were knocked down in the first half by the Eagles, but Petersen backed up the Americans with several crucial saves. In the central part, Grimaldi shook the tension off the shoulders of the Stars and Stripes men, who nevertheless gathered Ravel’s equivalent at first numerical inferiority. The second half ended 2–1 thanks to a Mazur goal, and the start of the final half saw Hutson close the game and practically separate the quarter-final ticket.
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