Kolding, Sydbank Arena
Norway – Montenegro 26 – 25 (13 – 11)
Topscorers: Nora Mørk (NOR) 8 goals and Jovanka Radicevic and Majda Mehmedovic (MNE) 6 goals each
Norway replaced a player in the squad, Ida Alstad came in for Norway instead for Vilde Ingstad.
En early final of the World Championship was played in the quarterfinals, Norway facing Montenegro to earn a berth in the semifinals.
Strong start form Montenegro gives a two goals lead for Adzic’s team, 3-5. Turnovers on the Norwegian side gave some easy goals to Montenegrins, Nora Mörk did not find the rhythm of the attack.
Kari Aalvik Grimsbö saved some clear Montenegrin chances, than made mistakes as well.
Herrem, Oftedal and Sulland from the seven meter line kept their team in the game, Radicevic, Jovanovic, Bulatovic netted for Montenegro.
Scandinavian team leveled the game at 7-7, twelve minutes left of the first half. Veronica Kristiansen got the lead for Norway, 8-7.
Two goals lead for the first time, 10-8 (Herrem), than 11-8 (Oftedal), 12-8 (Molid).
Grimsbø got injured after a Jovanovic goal, but Silje Solberg step up with a saving.
Halftime result: 13-11.
The second half started with goal of Montenegro, than Susan Lazovic received a direct red card. Some seconds later Raicevic left the court with a two minutes suspension and Adzic got a yellow card for protests.
It was the period of suspensions, as Oftedal and Løke were also sent for a rest.
Norway kept a slight lead, 15-14, during this crazy period, but Raicevic managed to level the game 15-15.
15-16 for Montenegro, Raicevic on fire, Nora Mørk answered for 16-16.
It was a race where the two teams were chasing each other for a slight advantage, Mørk again, 18-17. (41.minute)
Sulland missed a penalty against ex-Norwegian Alma Hasanic, than Radicevic did the same against Solberg.
Oftedal showes her underarm shoot,19-17. Jaukovic, first goal of the youngster, than Mørk-goal for 21-19.
The result changes quickly, 21-21, Mehmedovic from wing.( 49.minute)
Seven meter throw, Nora Mørk netted against Hasanic, her teammate from Larvik, 22-21.
Hundreds of Norwegian fans supported their team from the stands, with constant cheering.
Montenegrin power play with Molid out, but Herrem scored after fastbreak, 23-21.
Katarina Bulatovic commits attacker fault, from the next attack Herrem netted for the fifth time, 24-21.
24-23, Mehmedovic brought closer Montenegro, Løke fought for a goal, her first, 25-23, four minutes left of the quarterfinal.
Silje Solberg saved a penalty against Bulatovic, crucial moment of the game. Mørk-scoring second later, 26-23.
Timeout from Adzic results in Radicevic goal from the rightwing.Bulatovic’s last effort is a goal, but nobody can stop Norway to advance to the semifinals.
Final result: 26 – 25.
Best player of the match: Nora Mørk