Euro 2014

Group D: Day of surprises, Serbia out of competition, France defeats Montenegro

Group D: Day of surprises, Serbia out of competition, France defeats Montenegro


photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

European Championship, women


Group D: Montenegro, France, Serbia, Slovakia

Montenegro –  France 20 – 24 (12 – 12)


Montenegro: Sonja Barjaktarovic, Marina Rajcic (GK) – Milena Knezevic 6, Andjela Bulatovic 5, Radmila Petrovic 3, Marija Jovanovic 2, Suzana Lazovic 2, Jovanka Radicevic 1, Majda Mehmedovic 1

France: Leynaud, Glauser (GK) – Allison Marie Pineau 8, Alexandra Lacrabere 7, Gnonsiane Niombla 4, Siraba Dembele 2, Camille Ayglon 1, Marie Prouvensier 1, Nina Kamto Njitam 1

Milena Knezevic (MNE) – left back

About playing against France’s 3-3 defence:

“I think that the key detail was our own bad defence in the second half. We did not play it as hard and tough as we did in the first half.”

“Our bad defence also affected our attack which was not that powerful anymore.”

“We had a good attack only at the beginning; maybe we were just a bit disrupted by their more aggressive defence.”

About the main round:

“We believe that we can play much better than today. However, first of all we have to minimise our errors in the next match; I am sure we will do it.”

Nina Kamto Njitam (FRA) – line player

About the victory:

“The team was the key to this victory, because during the game there were many of us, in defence and in attack, and I think that we all made our contribution. It is us that is the strength of this team. We have not a player who is stronger than the others, it is the team that won today.”

About the fast attacks France played:

“Yes, our attack was very fast today. We had to accelerate much our actions, because the defence of Montenegro was very aggressive and we knew this. But we have many players who can play at a high level and at high rhythms, so it went well.”

About France’s aims at the EHF EURO 2014:

“This victory does not change our goals, but it gives us the strength to continue this way. We want to get to the semi-finals in this championship and we hope that next week, the main round, will be just as good for us.”


photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

Serbia –  Slovakia 21 – 23 (11 – 6)


Katarina Tomasevic, Jovana Risovic (GK) – Dragana Cvijic 6, Andrea Lekic 4, Biljana Bandelier 3, Jelena Nisavic 2, Jelena Zivkovic 2, Jovana Stoiljkovic 2, Katarina Krpez 1, Katarina Stepanovic 1

Slovakia: Gubikova, Tothova (GK) – Lydia Jakubisova 8, Andrea Kertészová 3, Martina Skolkova 3, Petra Benuskova 3, Lucia Sukennikova 2, Tetyana Trehubova 2, Andrea Czanik 1, Katarina Dubajová 1


Dragana Cvijic (SRB) – line player

About the  exit from EHF EURO after the group phase:

“I can barely say anything. I feel ashamed.“

“We lost against Slovakia, I do not want to underestimate any team, but we really have to ask ourselves why we came to the EHF EURO actually. Why did we spend our time here? If it is going to be like this in the future, I won’t be strong enough to continue.”

“We should not have let our advantage of 6 to 7 goals disappear just like that. We underestimated them. Slovakia showed that they deserve to be in the main round rather than us.”

Sasa Boskovic (SRB) – head coach

About loss against Slovakia:

“I can only congratulate them. Our efficiency was poor, in second half we played even worse.”

About if he is going to resign:

“Why should I? Our goal is Rio (the 2016 Olympic Games). We had many injured players here; we were not prepared well enough to go to the main round.”

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

Dusan Poloz (photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud)

Lucia Gubikova (SVK) – goalkeeper

About the match:

“It was a dream, now it is reality. It was really a beautiful match for us and we are very happy. I still can not believe what we did, but I know that I’m very happy. It was a very hard and difficult match. We are really pleased.”

“We know that this is one of the most important matches in the history of women’s handball in Slovakia and of course we are very happy about this.”

About the second half:

“In the second half we just put all of us in the game. We did not change anything from the tactical point of view. We only changed the attitude on the court and this is the result.”

About the expectations for the main round:

“We want to be even better in the main round, because we can do it. We can improve and play at 100 per cent.”

Dusan Poloz (CZE) – Slovakian head coach

About the victory:

“This was our dream. I am really happy, I still can’t believe that we won the match against such an opponent.”

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Euro 2014

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