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Ice Hockey: Finland, new world champion after 16 years

Finland has won the world ice hockey title after defeating Sweden in the final on Sunday at the World Championships in Slovakia, score 6-1 (0-1, 1-1, 5-0). This is the second title Finland wins after a 16-year break. In 1995 Finland defeated Sweden. Sweden won the title after defeating Finland in the 1992 and 1998 finals. After the first two balanced thirds Finland took the decisive lead in the last one. Finland’s goals were scored by Immonen (39th minute), Nokelainen (42nd minute), Kapanen (43rd minute), Pesonen (56th minute), Pyorala (57th minute) and Pihlstrom (59th minute). Paajarvi scored for Sweden in the 27th minute. Czech Republic (winner of the 2010 edition) defeated Russia in the game counting for the third place, score 7-3.

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