Euro 2014

Group B: Romania shared with Denmark in thriller, Norway crushed Ukraine

Group B: Romania shared with Denmark in thriller, Norway crushed Ukraine
photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

European Championship, Hungary- Debrecen

Főnix Arena

Group B: Denmark, Norway, Romania, Ukraine

First match:

Romania –  Denmark 29 – 29 (16 – 12)

Ungureanu, Dedu (GK) – Neagu 10 , Bradeanu , Tacalie 10, Elisei 1,  Babeanu , Perianu 1, Pintea 1, Chiper 3 , Nechita 1, Hotea, Pintea, Chintoan 2, Ciuciulete

Denmark: Toft, Poulsen (GK) –  Kviesgaard 1, Thorsgaard 2, Fisker 8, Hansen, Gravholt 3, Griegel, Holmsgaard,L. Jörgensen 1, Kristiansen 1, Nörgaard 3, Östergaard, Spellerberg, Burgaard 4, S.Jörgensen 6

The first half of the game was controlled by Romanian side, leading during all thirty minutes, Neagu and Tacalie netting several times for Tadic’s team, meanwhile Danish team seemed struggling against a well set Romanian defense. Pause: 16-12.

The second half has brought a faster Danish play, where Maria Fisker scored six times, Burgaard, Gravholt and S.Jörgensen all improved in attack for Pytlick’s team.

Scandinavians closed the gap, equalised, 23-23, than took the lead, but Romanians wanted so badly to stay close. Neagu,Tacalie and Chiper continued well in attack, 27-26 for Romania in the dying minutes. Thriller at the end and Denmark saves a point against a much improved Romanian team.

Final result: 29 – 29.

Cristina Georgiana Neagu (ROU) – left back (source-ehf)

About what she thinks happened at the end of the match:

“We missed our chance, and Denmark scored in the last second. I’m very disappointed, most of the game we played very well, we were in front the whole game. We deserved to win, but this is handball and in the end we did not play well enough.”

“The most positive thing is that we played much better than we did against Norway, we took a big step forward today. “

About if this match gave them good confidence going into the match against Ukraine on Thursday:

“Yes, for sure. It was a very bad day for us a few days ago, and today was much better. We took one point, and now we are looking forward to meeting Ukraine.”

 

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

Second match:

Ukraine –  Norway 23 – 34 (13 – 17)

Ukraine: Hilyazetdinova, Parkhomenko( GK) – Peredery 2, Laiuk 1 , Andriichuk, Pidpalova 1, Shutska, Borschenko 2, Nikolayenko 5, Zoria, Redka 2, Glibko 7, Stelmakh, Volovnyk 2

Norway: Norway: Stang Sando, Solberg (GK) – Kristiansen 3, Alstad, Löke 5, Koren 4 , Mörk 6,  Herrem  4, Oftedal , Wibe, Jakobsen 1, Björndalen, B.Riegelhuth 3, Arntzen, Breivang 1, Si.Solberg 6

Emily Stang Sando (NOR) – goalkeeper  

About coming into the squad after Grimsbo’s injury:

“I honestly have to say it’s a dream coming true. It’s been some hectic hours, getting here and suddenly playing in the championship. I’m very excited”

“It felt good to play in the end of the match today, now I feel less nervous and can relax a bit more ahead of the next match.”

About the match against Denmark:

“I’m very excited about meeting Denmark on Thursday, I know all the girls on the team as I’m playing with and against them in Denmark. I think we absolutely have a chance to win.”

Silje Solberg (NOR) – goalkeeper

About taking more responsibility in goal:

“It’s not easy, but I am happy about taking more responsibility. I need to take one match at a time, and do my best.”

“I want to take a step internationally, and I’m feeling I’m heading in the right direction, this is my chance to do that, and I have to grab it with both hands”

About today’s match:

“I was bit nervous at the beginning of the match, but getting into the game eventually. After a difficult start, we were starting to find out how Ukraine were playing, and it got much easier for us.”

Nora Mork (NOR) – right back

About becoming Norway’s best player:

“It was a tough match, we had to work hard today. Ukraine are a good team and they do put up a good fight, but 60 minutes was too long for them.”

“Now we need to prepare for the next match against Denmark, we really need to put up a strong defence from the start and continue with our strong attack. It’s going to be a even match, but now it’s our turn to win, they have won two times too many (referring to Denmark’s Golden League victories in October and November).”

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Euro 2014

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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