Sweden lived up to their status as floorball powerhouses yesterday, sweeping both the men's and women's titles in the World University Floorball Championships (WUFC).
In front of a crowd of 2,438 at the OCBC Arena, the Swedish men outclassed Switzerland 6-2 in dominant fashion.
Swiss captain Emanuel Antener said: "We were a little nervous and didn't play our best in a high-level game. I am really disappointed as we had a chance."
But Sweden's women's team were made to sweat for their fourth consecutive WUFC title, defeating Finland 2-0 on penalties after being held to a 7-7 draw in regulation time and failing to score in sudden death.
The Swedes had stormed to a 3-0 lead just over six minutes into the match, but the Finns managed to stage a spirited comeback.
In the penalty shoot-out, Swedish goalkeeper Linnea Lexe saved two penalties. Finland missed the other two, while Sweden converted two out of the three they took.
Lexe said: "I didn't play a good game and my team were counting on me in the shoot-out, so I was determined to do it."
Earlier yesterday, Singapore's women lost 0-7 in the bronze play-off against Switzerland to finish fourth out of six teams. Finland's men edged out Czech Republic 7-6 to take third spot.
While the Republic did not record any medal glory, the nation still earned a feather in the cap. International Floorball Federation secretary-general John Liljelund revealed that the total crowd attendance of 15,297 over the past five days was a new WUFC record.
The previous record was 6,172, set in Sweden in the 2010 edition.
This article was first published on JUNE 23, 2014.
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