Hungary survived the group stage in the last hour: with their win against Montenegro, the Hungarians booked their ticket to Helsingborg. Romania is having a much better competition, they defeated Russia and Croatia in the group and they still have their semifinal dreams alive. Hungary’s unlucky injury streak doesn’t seem to end here: the hero of the crucial win against Montenegro, goalkeeper Kinga Janurik suffered a knee injury in the match against Montenegro and had to be replaced by Melinda Szikora. Romania started the game much better and there were no signs of the Hungarian team from the Montenegro game. Cristina Neagu took up the leader role right from the first minutes and Hungary was not able to defend against her. The Hungarian defenders left too much space for the Romanian world class and it was a walk in the park for her. Romania’s lead was growing and neither Éva Kiss, nor Melinda Szikora could stop the Romanian attacks. Besides Cristina Neagu, Romania’s main name was Oana Manea, but Neagu was the heart of the Romanian team as usual: if she didn’t score, she came up with a great assist. In the 28th minute, the difference was already 7 goals and 6 of them remained for the halftime break (9-15).
The second half was exactly as the first was, Hungary with a slow start, Neagu on fire and the Romanian lead growing. There were more occasions when the Romanians were up by 9 but they never managed to make it 10. The Hungarians were still making a lot of errors both in attack and defense, so there was no real chance for them to come back into the game. The only question in the second half was the exact difference. In some periods of the game, the Hungarian team managed to reduce the difference by a few goals, but never enough to have Romania in sight. In the 4th quarter of the game, Ambros Martin gave some rest to the hero of the game Cristina Neagu and the match ended with an 8-goal Romanian victory (21-29).
EHF EURO 2016 – Main Round Group II – Round 1
Hungary – Romania 21-29 (9-15)
Hungary: A. Görbicz 3(1), K. Klivinyi 3, K. Triscsuk 3, A. Kovács 3, V. Lukács 2, I. Erdősi 2, D. Hornyák 2, N. Schatzl 1, B. Bódi 1, R. Mészáros 1
Romania: C. Neagu 10, E. Buceschi 5(4), O. Manea 4, L. Chiper 3, A. Udristioiu 3, M. Geiger 1, C. Pintea 1, E-C. Florica 1, M. Zamfirescu 1
Penalties: 1/1 ; 4/5
Suspensions: 6 minutes ; 6 minutes
Player of the match: Cristina Neagu (ROU)