Home team Finland suffered a bitter 60–61 defeat against Ireland in the Pool B match of the European Championship. A loss in the opening match makes it much more difficult for Finland to reach the semifinals.
"It got hard. I think it’s a part of the Finnish mentality to take some hits first before we get our game on track" said Mauri Vironmäki of Finnish team.
Finland had a five goal lead in the second quarter and another three goal lead in the final quarter, but in the end it was Irish team that celebrated victory.
Young Thomas Moylan was pivotal for Ireland scoring 45 goals. Leevi Ylönen got 38 goals for Finland.