Title defender Italy defeated Norway and win bronze medal at the European Beach Handball Championship in Umag, Croatia.
The first set was a clash between Norway´s Cathrine Korvald and Italy`s Carmen Onnis, both of them were responsible for the scores of their respective countries.
Italy tried to man-mark Norway´s Betina Riegelhuth from the early beginning on, but this plan didn´t work well, as Betina found the holes in the Italian wall, so her team-mates scored easily and this meant a clear lead and a set win for the Scandinavians.
Italy found their rhythm and stood much better in defence in the second set, and also the attacking worked well, whilst Norway had several errors in both defence and attack.
Italy kept the high pace till the finish and clearly brought home the second period, so the bronze medal match had to be decided in shoot-out.
Here Italy´s goalkeeper Sabrina Porini showed nice saves and as her team-mates scored, coach Tamás Neukum´s celebrated victory and the Italian fiesta has started !
Sabrina Porini, player of Italy: “We had some problems in the defence in the first set, that we could fix for the second set, where we dominated. A shoot-out is always a risky decision for the winner, but we were luckier. This bronze medal means a lot for us, as defeated the world champions, even though they were missing their left handed player Linn Sulland from last year.”