“Does anyone understand? We will need a moment to realize that we have won number seven in the world of hockey,” the Der Standard reported in an online newsletter, alluding to the Czech team’s position in the world rankings. Austria is the seventeenth.
Der Standard writes about the Austrian hockey star class and the portal of the tabloid Kronen Zeitung about “the greatest heroic piece of the current world championship so far”. “Victory over one of the hockey powers (albeit after separate raids). Against the Czech Republic, a six-time world champion who (Austria) has never been defeated,” reports the portal Der Standard.
Austria has scored against the world-class team for the second time at the current championship, writes the online edition of the Kurier daily. Team boss Roger Bader and his assistants took a big risk: less than a minute before the end of the game, they called off goalkeeper Bernhard Starkbaum and replaced him on the ice with the sixth player.
“The hockey giant is limping, let’s take advantage of it! An honorable defeat of 0: 1 was not good enough for us,” Kurier said, adding that the risk paid off because the Austrians managed to balance.
The portal of the public radio and television station ÖRF evaluated that there was a certain indecision in the Czechs’ game, they imagined working with an outsider. Even though they knew that in less than 24 hours they would compete with another opponent, Norway, the Austrians fought hard until the final siren of regular time for a draw and one point. But when, after a goalless extra time, goalkeeper Starkbaum managed to repel all attempts of the Czechs during the raids, “the Czech sobering up and the red-white-red historical success achieved perfection”, writes orf.at.