First Latvian win in World Floorball Championships playoff opens path to quarter finals 

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The Latvian National Women's Floorball team beat Norway 6-4 in the first playoff game in Switzerland, securing a spot in the World Championships quarter-finals, according to Latvian Television on December 11.

In the first two periods the Latvian team evened out a slight point deficit, but in the beginning of the last period they gained a three-goal lead. Simona Grāpēna scored a total of three goals. In the quarter-finals on December 12 the Latvian team will play against the Swiss home team.

After the match team captain Elīza Elizabete Bērziņa emphasized that the team won the most important game in the championships. The Latvians were thinking only of victory, and they went onto the floor in a good head space.

"It's like a boulder has rolled off my chest, we've reached our minimum goal," said Bērziņa.

Jūlija Rozīte helps Latvia take the lead

There was little scoring until 14 minutes when Jūlija Rozīte completed an assist in front of the goal. The lead was lost at 18 minutes when Hildegun Holm scored. In the second to last minute of the period Norway took the lead with a score from Rikke Ingebrigtsli Hansen.

Simona Grāpēna evens the score at 2:2 

By the middle of the third period Simonas Grāpēna evened out the score with a goal. Latvia fell behind once more at 32 minutes when Džeina Eglīte scored an own goal.

Simona Grāpēna scores third goal 

Within a minute, with Laura Gaugere covering, Grāpēna once again evened the score at 3-3.

Elizabete Pavlovska takes Latvia to 4:3 lead 

With a pass from Gaugere, Elizabetei Pavlovskai scored a goal, bringing Latvia back in the lead.

Simona Grāpēna scores her third goal

Latvija gained a two-point lead at the beginning of the third period with a goal by Grāpēna.

Laura Gaugere scores the sixth goal for Latvia

The Latvian lead increased to 6:3. Norway's Hansen scored a fourth goal, but further goal attempts by the team were unsuccessful. 

The Latvian team had previously lost all three games in group B to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden. In turn the Nowegians had three wins in the lower-ranking C group over Denmark, Estonia and Japan.

The 12th Women's World Floorball Championships will finish on December 15. Participants include 16 national teams, which were divided into four groups. A and B groups had the higher ranked teams, while group C and D had the lower ranked ones.

In December 2016 Rīga hosted the Men's World Floorball Championships, where Finland came out on top in a thrilling final against Sweden.

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