EHF EURO POLAND 2016
Krakow, Tauron Arena
Norway – Germany 33 – 34; 27 – 27 (13 – 14)
7 meters: NOR-7/8 and GER 7/7
2 minute suspensions: NOR 6x 2 minutes and GER 2×2 minutes
Topscorers: Kristian Bjørnsen (Norway) 8 goals and Tobias Reichmann(Germany) 10 goals
Exciting semifinal game between the two youngest and most ambitious teams of this EURO tournament, both of them got to the semifinals against all odds, beating some of the favourites of this championship, among them Croatia, Poland, France in the case of Norway and Denmark in case of Germany.
Close and balanced first quarter, with the two teams chasing each other, until 5-5. Than Norway was punished with three two minutes suspensions in a row, some of them quite discussable and that is how Germans managed to get a four goals lead at 5-9. Bjarte Myrhol was the biggest challenge to the German defence to solve, but on the other side of the court Germans wings were very efficient in their situations. Reichmann and Damke were responsible for the goals in this period.
Wolff and Erevik made show between sticks for both teams, 9-11 after 24 minutes,when Christian Berge’s teams managed to level the game at 12-12, just five minutes before the break.
The French referees Pichon and Reveret seemed to have a main role in this game, by giving four two minutes suspensions for Norway against zero for Germany.
In the second half Bjarte Myrhol leveled the game at 14-14, than Norway took the lead, 15-14. Germany was not ready at all, doing the same, and the two teams were continuing like this in fifteen minutes, 19-20 for Germany when 45 minutes played of the first semifinal.
Two highly motivated teams continued to stay close 20-20, 21-21 than 22-22. Ole Erevik with more saves in the Norwegian goal and nine minutes before the final whistle Norway took the lead at the first time by two goals: 24-22.
A still hungry Germany was scoring several times and the difference was only one goal, 27-26 when there was one minute to go of the match. A German timeout secured the German goal and the draw, the match ended 27-27, so extra times had to be played.
– first five minutes end: 3-4 (30 – 31)
-second extra time of five minutes: 3-3 (33 – 34)
Germany scored the victorious goal in the last five seconds of the game and goes to the final.
Best player of the match: Tobias Reichmann (GER)