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Latvia beats Japan to force decisive Olympic qualifier against Germany

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The Latvian national men's ice hockey team defeated Japan 3:1 in a tense game tonight in the Olympic qualification tournament currently taking place in Riga.

Latvia, the heavy favorites in the match, were only able to score their first goal near the end of the second period.

Andris Dzerins scored two goals for Latvia, with Martins Karsums scoring the third.

Yutaka Fukufuji scored the lone goal for the Japanese side.

In the other group match earlier in the day, Germany defeated Austria 6:0.

Latvia will play the final and decisive group match against Germany on Sunday.

Only the winner of the qualification tournament will qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Latvia has qualified for the past four Winter Olympics, with its best performance in Sochi at the 2014 Games - 8th.

The 2018 Winter Olympic will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


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