Europeans at World's
Four European squads are in action at the World Championship in Saskatoon, Canada. Today, the last round-robin games are scheduled. Let's take a brief look at what's at stake.
Team Czech Republic walks towards their historical success with the spot in the top eight already guaranteed. Today's game against New Zealand might advance the Czechs to the second spot in group A, therefore into the top six of the tournament.
Team Denmark (group B) won only one game so far, which was against their European rival - the Netherlands. They failed to beat Venezuela in a tight extra-innings game yesterday and thus lost their hopes for the playoffs.
Team Great Britain, placed in pool A, will fight for their chance to achieve a better result than last time around, when they missed the top eight by one spot. Only a win against Argentina leads to this scenario, in which also the result of the CZE-NZL game plays its part. If the Kiwis win, GB takes the fourth place leaving Argentina behind. If the Kiwis lose, team GB and Argentina join them in a three-way tie.
Team Netherlands han't succeeded in their tough pool B and walks through the tournament without a win, so far. They will face an uneasy opponent from Japan in their struggle to record a win.
6:00 pm (CET) Argentina : Great Britain
8:30 pm (CET) Czech Republic : New Zealand
9:00 pm (CET) Netherlands : Japan
11:00 pm (CET) Denmark : United States