Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning
Match for 5th place
Russia – Denmark 25 – 21 (12 – 16)
Topscorers: Anna Vyakhereva (RUS) 7 goals and Stine Jørgensen (DEN) 7 goals
The match for the 5th place is an important game in order to decide the teams Olympic qualification groups.
Denmark has sent Sandra Toft home from the tournament since was not feeling good after she received a ball in her face against Romania from Neagu. For the last match was already a replacement in the squad, Mette Sahlholdt came in, so Denmark has two goalkeepers.
Denmark struggeld in the first quarter against a well playing Russia, it was close until 8-8, than hosts took off and scored some quick goals, leading 12-16 at halftime. Remarkable the performance of Rikke Poulsen in the goal for Denmark.
Russia started the second half like a furry, 5-0 period, 17-16. Dmitrieva, Marennikova, Akopian or Vyakhireva, all added goals, despite this Rikke Poulsen continued to be outstanding in the goal.
Denmark leveled the game at 17-17, but Russians took over the control of the match and the result became quickly 24-19, with five minutes left.
Russia kept the advantage and grabbed the fifth place.
Final result: 25-21.
Best player of the match: Anna Vyakhireva (RUS)