A real nail-biter already in the first game in the new arena

The 27th edition of Gothia Innebandy Cup is up and running, and for  the first time ever games are being played in Åby Arena. The arena has two rinks and will host games throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday – and the Friday crowd didn’t have to wait long for excitement. Already the first match came to be a real shudder.

The game between Zlín Lions from Czech Republic and Warberg IBF from Sweden in the B12-category started with high pace and would prove to be a perfect inauguration of Åby Arena as the new Gothia Innebandy Cup arena. Zlín Lions have traveled a long way and it was clear that they wanted to make an impression in one of the world’s largest floorball tournaments. With strong support from parents and friends, they opened the game strongly.

With a clear three-goal lead, it looked like the Czechs would come out on top, but Warberg refused to give in and after several intense saves from the goalkeeper they found new hope. With a few minutes left of the second period number four, Hugo Blennskog, managed to place the equalizer in the back of the net. The joy was immediate and Blennskog ran straight to the bench to celebrate with his teammates.

– It was fun and felt really good, he says.

During the intermission the situation looked hopeless for Warberg IBF, but according to Blennskog they never lost hope.

– We said that we were going to work hard and pass the ball quicker to create more chances, he says.

The match ended 3-3 and despite Zlín Lions losing the lead, the mood was on top. After the team met with the respective leaders, they took a common team picture and waved diligently with the team flags. A great start to the tournament in the new arena.

The matches will continue to be played on the two rinks in Åby Arena until Sunday evening and offer both group stage and knockout games. The matches are broadcast live, which you can find more information about here: http://bit.ly/GIC-livestream.

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