Finns edge past Russia to reach world ice hockey final

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Bratislava (AFP)

Marko Anttila scored the only goal as Finland upset Russia 1-0 in the ice hockey world championships semi-finals in Bratislava on Saturday.

The Finns outshot the Russians 32-29 but only the 33-year-old winger, who led his team with five attempts, managed to find the net. His goal lifted the Finns to the final on Sunday, where they will face either Canada or the Czech Republic, who meet later on Saturday.

The Finns have won the world title twice, most recently in 2011, the last time it was held in Slovakia.

The Finns had eliminated Sweden, winners the last two years, in the quarter-finals, 5-4, after overtime.