World Championship 2013 Serbia

Host Serbia in semifinals, eliminating World Champions from Norway

Host Serbia in semifinals, eliminating World Champions from Norway
Ibolya Szekeres
photo: Bjorn Kenneth Muggerud

photo: Bjorn Kenneth Muggerud

Kombank Arena, Belgrade

Serbia – Norway 28 – 25 (15 – 16)

Topscorers: Dragana Cvijic and Sanja Damnjanovic (SRB) 8 goals each and Heidi L0ke (NOR) 5 goals

Best player of the match: Dragana Cvijic

Norway started with an outstanding Katrine Lunde in the goal, an took the lead at 4-9, then 6-11 )(fter 22 minutes), but Serbians did not give up and managed to reduce the gap slowly but secure, and before the break the difference was only one goal for Norway, 15 – 16.

Sanja Damnjanovic and Dragana Cvijic for the hosts, Heidi Loke and Nora Mork for the World Champions were the best players on the court in this part pf the game.

photo: Bjorn Kenneth Muggerud

photo: Bjorn Kenneth Muggerud

In the beginning of the second half Norway increased the gap again to 15-20 and 16-21, but Serbians, supported by 19523 people in a  fully packed arena, came back, made a good fight and managed to equalize then take the lead at 22-21, ten minutes before the end.

From this point there was no chance for Norway, as Serbia could score easily, Norway made mistakes, Katarina Tomasevic showed a high-level performance in the goal, Cvijic scored from seven meters, the audience became mad at the end and hosts qualified to the semifinals.

Final result: 28-25

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World Championship 2013 Serbia
Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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