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Finland to face Canada in final after downing Russia

May 26 2019 12:40 AM

Marko Anttila was Finland's hero as they beat Russia 1-0 to set up an IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship final against Canada.

Anttila scored the only goal of a tense semi-final with just under 10 minutes remaining on Saturday.

Captain Anttila brought Finland level in a quarter-final victory over defending champions Sweden and his deflected strike was decisive at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Finland goaltender Kevin Lankinen said: "He [Anttila] took a stick in the face and came back and scored the game-winning goal,

"That shows a lot of character. He's a good leader and a really nice guy to be around."

Canada eased into the gold-medal game with a 5-1 defeat of the Czech Republic.

Mark Stone, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Darnell Nurse, Thomas Chabot and Kyle Turris were on target in a commanding display from Canada.

Canada were outstanding in defence and clinical in attack as they moved into a 10th decider in the last 17 years.

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