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MOSCOW, May 8. /TASS/. The Russian national ice hockey team defeated Kazakhstan 6-4 in a Group A match of the 2016 IIHF World Championship at the VTB Ice Palace on Sunday.
The goals were scored by Yevgeny Dadonov (7th minute), Roman Lyubimov (10th and 49th minutes), Sergei Mozyakin (12th minute) and Anton Belov (39th and 44th minutes).
Dadonov’s goal was the first for Russia at the championship.
It was the eighth match between Russia and Kazakhstan, which has won none of the games.
The matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship are held in the Russian capital of Moscow and in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg between May 6 and 22.
A total of 16 national teams, qualified to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, were divided into two groups. The 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in Moscow hosts the matches of Group A, which comprises the teams from Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Denmark and Kazakhstan.
The 6,000-seat Yubileiny Arena hosts the matches of Group B teams, which are from Canada, Finland, the United States, Slovakia, Belarus, France, Germany and Hungary.
Russia plays the next match against Latvia on May 9. The Kazakhstan team takes on Norway on the following day.