Elin Carlsson scored the first goal of tournament
Russia — Sweden — 0:1 (0:1).
February 22, Irkutsk The Trud Stadium, 2000 of viewers, −3 degrees.
Referees: Lisa Elg, Hanna Hansson (Sweden), Sofia Amosova (Russia).
Goalkeepers: Balashova — Gransing.
Goal: Elin Carlsson (Hellquist), 20
The start of the match was nervous and tense. In general, the teams played on equal terms. Russians on the rights of host attacked more often, Swede acted dangerously on the counterattacks, and our goalkeeper Polina Balashova has repeatedly rescued the team. But once she was unable to keep a clean sheet. The first ball of the V World Championship in the 20th minute scored Elin Carlsson representing the club Skirö AIK. There are two Elin in Swedish team — Karlsson and Carlsson. In Russian their names sound and are written the same, but in Swedish they are written in different ways: the name of the player of this match begins with the letter C, and her friend’s name begins with letter K, Elin Karlsson from the club Västerås SK.
It was the only goal in this match scored by Elin Carlsson. Alexander Mezhuev, the head coach of Russian national team, took a timeout a few minutes before the final whistle and then they tried to attack the gates for the last time. However, the Swede managed to keep a minimal advantage in the score.
Annika Lundberg, the head coach of Sweden national team:
— Russian team looked very nice, showed very good speed. I was on all the previous world championships among girls and I can tell you that each time the Russian teams play better and better.
Alexander Mezhuev, the head coach of Russian national team:
— First of all, I would like to thank our girls who gave it both physically and morally. I would also like to apologize to the Irkutsk fans for the fact that today we have not been able to score, but there were possibilities for this. The trump card we have is the attacking play. In our team there are hockey players, who scored 60 goals in the tournament with peers. We look forward to them more efficient actions.
Photo by Tatyana Glyuk and Anna Pyanova
Press center of the V girls world championship U-17