Euro 2014

Group D: France and Montenegro in the Main Round

Group D: France and Montenegro in the Main Round
Photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

Photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

European Championship, women

Osijek, Croatia

Group D: Montenegro, Serbia, France, Slovakia

Serbia –  France 16 – 27 (3 – 11)

Before this match France has announced that they will add an additional player to the squad, rightbakc Marie Paule Gnabouyou is in the team.


Serbia: Katarina Tomasevic, Jovana Risovic (GK) – Sanja Rajovic (4), Jovana Stoiljkovic (4), Biljana Bandelier (2), Katarina Krpez (1), Jelena Popovic (1), Katarina Stepanovic (1), Andrea Lekic (1), Dijana Radojevic (1), Kristina Liscevic (1)

France: Amandine Leynaud, Laua Glausser (GK) – Alexandra Lacrabere (6), Paule Baudouin (4), Nina Kamto Njitam (3), Marie Paule Gnabouyou (3), Gnonsiane Niombla (3), Allison Pineau (2), Siraba Dembele (2), Alice Leveque (2), Camille Ayglon (1), Grace Zaadi (1)

Quick reactions after the match (source: ehf)

Biljana Bandelier (SRB) – left back

About scoring only three goals in first half:

“I don’t know what to say. We underestimated them, thought that we knew all about them, but it was not seen on court.“

“We were smart enough to talk about their play before the match, but did not show that where it was the most important – on court.”

20141128_191336Andrea Lekic (SRB) – center back

About scoring three goals in 30 minutes:

“I do not think that is the problem, but the way how we played against their defence. Bad movement, really static attack and lots of technical errors. With that number of technical errors from us every team would beat us, not just France.”

Nina Kamto Njitam (FRA) – line player

About the defence of her team:

“We played a perfect game in defence. We were compact, aggressive and we found the right solutions. And every time we conceded a goal, we ran a lot to counter it and go on attacking. In this match we were better than in the match we won against Slovakia.”

About the expectations in the EHF EURO:

“We expect to get as far as possible, to qualify for the semi-finals. We want to play a good EHF EURO and we want to qualify for the World Championships and the Olympic Games in Rio.”

Alain Portes (FRA) – head coach

About his team’s performance:

“We played excellent defence, I congratulate my team. Our attack was not that good at the moments because Serbia played some good defence as well, but our counter attacking was great.“

Slovakia –  Montenegro 24 – 28 (10 – 20)


Slovakia: Gubikova, Tothova (GK) – Katarina Dubajova (5), Monika Rajnohova (3), Lydia Jakubisova (3), Andreea Kerteszova (2), Petra Benuskova (2), Andrea Czanik (2), Lucia Sukennikova (2), Martina Skolkova (2), Dominika Hornakova (2), Reka Bizikova (1)

Montenegro: Barjaktarovic, Rajcic (GK) – Jovanka Redicevic (6), Majda Mehmedovic (4), Milena Knezevic (4), Radmila Petrovic (2), Marija Jovanovic (2), Andrea Klikovac (2), Djurdjina Malovic (2), Suzana Lazovic (2), Biljana Pavicevic (1), Andjela Bulatovic (1), Katarina Bulatovic (1), Ema Ramusovic (1)

Suzana Lazovic (MNE) – line player

About Montenegro’s team spirit:

“I think on Bojana (Popovic), Ana (Djokic) and Maja (Savic). They taught us a lot after they won lots of trophies. They said to us that we have to take care about each other to share positive energy while we are on court.“

“We are not jelaous of each other, every player gives her maximum during the matches. It is important that all the players, whether they play or sit on the bench, believe in the team. As you can see, we don’t care who scored how many goals, we have our goals and we have to achieve them.”

About resting the key players against Slovakia:

“It was important because players that hadn’t had an opportunity to play against Serbia played some minutes.”

“It does not mean that these players would play only against Slovakia because goal difference was huge.”

“It is important that young player feel the atmosphere of an EHF EURO because we need them in the upcoming matches.“

“We are a small country but all the players will show how we fight for the national symbol that we wear on our shirts.“

Dusan Poloz (CZE) – Slovakia head coach

ABout the poor game in the first half:

“We knew that we play against one of the strongest teams in the world. However, I am not happy with the way we played; we didn’t battle at all.”

About the much better game in the second half:

At half-time we told each other that we have to be better, that we have to fight and show what we can do. I am very happy with our comeback. This is a good result for us.“

About the key match against Serbia:

“Even before the EHF EURO we knew that we have the best chance against Serbia. We prepared for this match the most.“

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