Euro 2016

France takes big step towards the semifinal

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud
France takes big step towards the semifinal

The last match of day in the Scandinavium Göteborg was the encounter between hosts, Sweden and  the Olympic silver medalist France, one of the favourites of this competition. The game was played in front of 5249 spectators.

France started the game with 0 – 4, 1 – 5, Sweden woke up only after  a quarter. Laura Glauser had a superb day in the goal for France, and Nze Minko was unstoppable in attack. Sweden managed to come closer due to Jamina Roberts and her fastbreaks and a defence which improved during the match. Half-time result: 10 – 12

The second half started with a French assault, and despite the good performance of Swedish goalkeeper Johanna Bundsen, the guests took the control of the game and increased the lead to 14 – 19. Sweden tried to keep close to their opponent and in a situation from leftwing, Olivia Mellegaard scored, but French goalkeeper Laura Glauser sparked her in the head during the saving process. Glauser has been punished with a red card by the Russian referees (considering that she did it on purpose..) and  was forced to leave the court and the match. This could influence the fluence of the match in favour of hosts, and even if this helped a lot

This could influence significantly the direction of the match in favour of hosts, and even if this helped a lot Signell’s team in the dying minutes, they never managed to take the lead, not even to level the game. France won the game 19 – 21, and took an important step towards the semifinals of the competition. Swedish team is out of the race for the first four.

EHF EURO 2016, Main Round Group II, Scandinavium Göteborg

Sweden –  France  19 – 21(10 – 12)

Goals:

Sweden: Bundsen, Idehn –  Gullden 4, Jakobsen, Oden, Roberts 5, Sand 3, Alm, Blohm 2, Lagerquist 1, Hagman, Mellegaard 2, Ekenman Fernis, Strømberg, Westberg, Blomstrand 2

France: Leynaud, Glauser –  Pineau 2, Niombla, Nze Minko 6, Lacrabere 4, Saurina, Dembele 2, Houette 1, Landre, Zaadi, Flippes, Kolczynski 2, Horacek, Edwige 1, Gnabouyou 3

Best player of the match: Estelle Nze Minko (FRA)

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