Sweden had already missed the chance to reach the semifinals as they lost against France in the last round of the Main Round. Germany had a real opportunity to grab, so it will be interesting to follow this game. Sweden could reach the placement match, Germany could be in the first four. The hosts are disappointed but at the same time they will give back something to their supporters by playing a good game, this could also be a strong motivation. Germany is still in the race for the semis as they defeated Netherlands in the first group round, and they did not manage to qualify in the first four of a final tournament since 2008 (EHF EURO Macedonia).
Sweden replaced a player, instead of Olivia Mellegaard (injured) a debutant, Marie Wall will be on the team.
Germany made also a player replacement: Isabelle Klein (right back) got injured in the last minute of the match against Spain, she was replaced by goalkeeper Katja Kramarczyk.
Sweden started well the game leading against Germany thanked a good performance from Johanna Bundsen in the goal, but the German team equalised and grabbed the lead, turning the game to their side in the last ten minutes of the first half. Half-time result: 9 – 12.
Best scorers of the first half were Isabelle Gulldén and Anne Hubbinger with three goals each.
The second half brought a German play which shocked the hosts and they were in lead 10 – 17 than 13 – 20. Swedish team got confused despite the support of thousands of spectators, and never managed to come back to the match. Germany won the game:
EHF EURO 2016, Main Round Group I, Gothenburg, Scandinavium
Sweden – Germany ()
Sweden: Bundsen, Idehn – Alm 4, Gullden 3, Oden 1, Blomstrand 1, Jakobsen, Blohm 1, Lagerquist 2, Hagman 4, Ekenman Fernis 1, Sand 2, Wall, Westberg, Strømberg 2, Roberts 1
Germany: Woltering, Eckerle, Kramarczyk – Lang1 2, Fischer 2, Naidzinavicius 3, Loerper, Hubinger 3, Behnke 3, Kramer 1, Huber 2, Karolius, Schmelzer, Bölk 5, Wohlbold 4, Stolle 2
Best player of the match: Clara Woltering( GER)