Euro 2016

Krakkow: Norway was not allowed to the final, Germany has taken the spot

Krakkow: Norway was not allowed to the final, Germany has taken the spot

EHF EURO POLAND 2016

Krakow, Tauron Arena

Semifinals

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

photo: Bjørn Kenneth MUggerud

photo: Bjørn Kenneth MUggerud

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.

Ole Erevik, Norway

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

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.

Halftime: 13-14

Espen Lie Hansen, Norway

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

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.

Tobias Reichmann, Germany

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

Extra times:

– 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)

 

 

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