Euro 2014

Norway takes big step to the semifinals defeating Spain

Norway takes big step to the semifinals defeating Spain
photo: Tamás Csonka

Nerea Pena –  photo: Tamás Csonka

Main Round, Group I.

Norway 4, Spain 4, Hungary 2, Denmark 1, Romania 1, Poland 0

Debrecen, Főnix Arena

Spain –  Norway  26 – 29 (16 – 16)


Spain: Navaroo, Temprano (GK) –  Pena, Aguilar, Mangue, Cabral, Martin, Pinedo, Chavez, Egozkue, Lopez, Nunez, Elorza, Fernandez, Lopez

Norway: Solberg, Sando (GK) – Kristiansen, Herrem, Mörk, Löke, Oftedal, Wibe, Alstad, Sa.Solberg, Koren, B.Riegelhuth, Arbtzen, Breivang, Karlsson, Jakobsen

Today Spanish Nerea Pena celebrates her birthday 25th, meanwhile yesterday Norwegian Heidi Löke has became an year older, she filled 31 year.

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

The match between the two groupwinners, Spain and Norway started with Spanish lead, then Norway equalized, Marta Mangue, Nerea Pena and Carmen Martin ruled  the game for Spanish side, Scandinavians were hold in game bu Camilla Herrem, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren and her sister Bettina Riegelhuth, who scored the equalizer in the dying seconds of the first half. Half time result: 16 – 16.

The second part of the game Noway took the lead with a good start,17 – 20, but Spain managed to level the game at 20 -20, when Norway has been shorthanded. Then Silje Solberg made several good saves and Oftedal scored for the lead again twice, 20 -22, then teh result became 21 -24.

Spaiards were all the time chasing Norway, 22 -26 became 25 -26, seven minutes before the end. Nerea Pena had several good offensive movements, netting seven times,

26 – 26 -draw again after Pena was penatratig the Norwegian wall again, but leftback Bettina Riegelhuth made the match of her life, scoring also seven times from distance shooting, 26 -27.Navarro saved a seven meter penalty in the dying minutes of the game, then Nora Mörk increased the gap to two, 26 -28.

Jorge Duenas called his last timeout, but this cannot help Spain, Norway win by 26 – 29.

Final result: 26 – 29

Best players of the match: Nerea Pena (ESP) and Heidi Löke (NOR)



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Euro 2014

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