SPENS Arena, in Novi Sad hosts the matches of group C in EURO 2012.
In the first match of the group, favorite Spain met Germany. Spain is considered a strong team, bronse medalist in OG, London this year. Germany is coming after a failed WCh in Brasil, not qualified to the OG.
First part of the match was a tight battle, good defenses and balanced score: 2-3, 4-4, 8-8, 11-11. Spanish keeper, Silvia Navarro had great saves, meanwhile Clara Woltering couldn’t catch as many balls as her iberic competitor. German backplayer, Laura Steinbach made a first half without fail, scoring five and half time ended 12-13.
In the secondpart Germany managed to keep the tight situation, equalised and took the lead, Steinbach has continued to impresse, Woltering showed improvment in the goal,18-16, fifteen minute before final whistle.
But Spanishs shook themselves and made a strong comeback, led by Marta Mangue and Macarena Aguilar,18-20. Eight minutes to go, Spain held the control and won the match by 20-23.
Result: Germany- Spain 20-23 (12-13)
Topscorers: Laura Steinbach (Germany) and Carmen Martin (Spain)
In the second match of the group, after a very balanced game, Croatia defeated Hungary with a very strange scoring in the final seconds.
Result: Croatia- Hungary 28-27 (15-14)
Topscorers: Maja Zebic (Croatia) 8 goals and Zsuzsanna Tomori (Hungary) 9 goals