Switzerland have been eliminated from the 2011 ice hockey world championship despite beating the United States 5-3 in their final match on Monday.
It was already clear earlier in the day that the Swiss team would be on its way home after the previous game in its group, in which Norway beat France 5-2.
The elimination was not a surprise: Switzerland’s chances of qualification for the next stage were already dim.
Only if France had beaten Norway in normal time would the Swiss win over the US have pushed them through.
As it was, within four minutes of the beginning of the game France was already down 2-0.
The other quarterfinalists are Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the US.
In the 2010 championship Switzerland finished fifth.
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