Møbelringen Cup, first day
Sweden – Netherlands 30 – 27 (17 – 16)
Sweden: Tegstedt 1, Blohm 2, Roberts 5, Sand 6, Hawia 3, Ahlm 1, Wall 1, Gullden 2, Hagman 4, Jakobsen 1, Alm 5
Netherland: Polman 8, Groot 3, Snelder 3, Broch 2, Luciano 2, Malestein 2, Van Der Heijden 1, Knippenborg 1, Smits 1, Schop 1, Smeets 1
Headcoach of Sweden, Thomas Sivertssen about the match for svenskhandboll.se:
” It was a great match, we showed a tight defense, and our goalkeepers saved the balls they should and had also fast counterattacks, scoring easy goals. Both Bundsen and Idéhn got playing time, and young leftwinger Maria Wall had her debute at the national team.
Louise Sand made a great match, mostly from the wing.
I am satisfied that we are able to play against tough opponents before the WCh and we can prepare as good as possible before the start in Denmark.”
Norway – Russia 29 – 30 ; 26 – 26 (13 – 13) final result decided after 7 meter throws
Norway: Löke 6, Mörk 9, Kristiansen 3, Kurtovic 4, Wibe 1, Oftedal 2, Herrem 1
Russia: Ilina 6, Bobrovnikova 3, Chernoivanenko 3, Dmitrieva 2, Bliznova 2, Vyakhireva 2, Khmyrova 2, Kuznetcova 1, Garanina 1, Makeeva 1, Marennikova 1, Vedekhina 1,
Thorir Hergeirsson, headcoach of Norway, about the match:
“I think we played well in positional attack in longer periods of the match, and it’s good to see that there is speed in the team with several good counterattacks. We produced a lot of good chances but could not score from all the opportunities we got. If all scores on only one of the chances they missed, it could be a bigger difference!
“Defense – we need to train on the different constellations, and make it to work. Clearly some of the players are more comfortable in their roles than others, and this is normal at this time. We have time to do a lot in the days remaining before the opening game, and fortunately, it is not fatal to lose an opening match of the World Championship!