ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national bandy team won its first victory in the World Cup on January 29.
The team defeated Norway by a score of 10-1, winning its first victory in Group A of the World Cup. Vyacheslav Bronnikov, Rauan Issaliyev and Sergey Pochkunov were the stars of the game. The victory allowed Kazakhstan to move ahead of Norway in the competition standings rising from fifth to fourth place.
Earlier, Russia defeated the Kazakh team by 6-4, even though Bronnikov scored first for Kazakhstan in the fourth minute of the game. And on January 28, Sweden beat Kazakhstan 9-2.
The World Cup finals are held in Sweden and Norway. They started on January 27 and will continue until February 3. The games will be played in Vaenersborg, Gothenburg, Trollhaettan and Oslo.
The World Cup finals are played on a circle system with each team playing all the others, and then the four with the most points will meet in the semi-finals.
Russia was the favourite to win. Its team has won the World Cup six times before. However, the Russians got off to a slow start this time losing their first game to Sweden.
Bandy is a team game played on ice in which skaters use sticks to try and hit a ball into the opposing team’s goal