Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning
Bronze medal match:
Poland – Romania 22 – 31 (8 – 15)
Poland: Wysokinska, Gawlik – Kobylinska 3, Stachowska, Niedzwiedz 2, Gadzina 1, Kocela, Kudlacz-Gloc 4, Pielesz, Zych 1, Zalewska 2, Sadej 2, Stasiak, Kulwinska 1, Achruk 8
Romania: Ungureanu, Munteanu – Szűcs 1, Pintea, Nechita 2, Neagu 10, Bradeanu, Perianu 1, Munteanu, Marin 1, Ardean Elisei 3, Manea 4, Tanasie 1, Geiger 3, Buceschi 2, Vizitiu 3, Chiper
The match of two disappointed teams after they lost in the semifinals, but on the other hand tha game of proud, to show the world that they still can do it. Two surprisingly teams in the top4, one of them Poland, reached the semifinals second time in a row at World Championship and Romania came as a fresh breeze playing fantastic matches and a good handball.
Before the match
Kim Rasmussen, headcoach-Poland:
” We want to have something around our necks before Christmas, so we will do everything to win the next match. We have full focus, we will play with our hearts as always.”
Tomas Ryde, headcoach Romania(the day before this game in a video interview)
“Have a nice day all of you and tomorrow we will win some medals fro Romania.”
Romania started better the game, 1-4 when Rasmussen called his first timeout.Romanian attack ran fluently from every position, Poland could not find the rhythm, 3-7.
Six goals Romanian lead, 4-10, Rassmussen could not find solutions. Poland had no power in their attacks, Ungureanu was outstanding in the goal and Romania was in lead 5-11. Seemed easy for Romania to get this lead, 8-15 in halftime.
In the second half was a better flow in the Polish attack, but Romania managed to keep the distance at 5-6 goals, without troubles.
Fifteen minutes left when the game seemed to decided, 15-15, eight goal difference for Tomas Ryde and his team. Neagu played for the topscorer title as well.
The Romanian headcoach made replacements on many of the positions, giving playing time to all his player: Munteanu, Tanasie, Chiper and Vizitiu, who played less in this tournament. The tempo remained still high, Romania was in lead by 12 goals.
Final result: 22 – 31
Best player of the match: Cristina Neagu (ROU)
Summary: Romania with a compact defense and outstanding goalkeeper performance made by Ungureanu became confident and scored without problems in an offensive play stir by Neagu, Manea or Elisei.
Poland did not managed to come into the game properly in the first half and later on in the match seemed to be too late, since Romania got a fantastic flow.
Deserved Romanian bronze medals, their last medals were win five years ago in the same hall at EURO 2010 against Denmark.