EHF EURO 2016, Scandinavium, Gothenburg
Before the game:
Stine Jørgensen (DEN)-centre back
“We were disappointed after we lost the semifinal, but now we are looking forward to playing tomorrow. We are playing as best we can and we are really going for a medal .”
“I think the key again will be our defence. We have to play a very good game in the defence, and everyone has to play their best, and then we have a good chance.”
Camille Ayglon Saurina (FRA)-right back
“ It was difficult to lose in the semifinal, but now we want this medal. I think all the girls have a good feeling and we have a really good team, we are like friends, and that’s really important to make good things like this.”
Bronze medal match – 8391 spectators
France started with Leynaud savings and quick goals in attack 0 – 4, signed by Siraba Dembele and Estelle Nze Minko. Denmarks opened, innovative defence was not working that well as French players found the huge spaces and after seven minutes France was in a 0 -5 run with Leynaud on 100%. A Danish timeout stopped the French flow and brought the first Danish goal, 1-5. Danish team seemed to find their offensive play, 2-5. Nze Minko really wants that medal as she jumped in the goal with the ball again, 2 – 6.
The All-Star goalkeeper Sandra Toft made also some saves, her teammates found the way to the goal of Amandine Leynaud, but after 14 minutes the lead was still in French hands 3 – 8. The evolution of the score was not changing, 5 – 12 for France after 23 minutes.
France caused big troubles to Denmark with a compact defence and flawless goalkeeper performance. Danes had to fight hard for every goal, at 7 – 12 Stine Jørgensen missed a penalty shoot against Amandine Leynaud, the situation representing the evolution of the whole first half.
Half-time result: 9 – 14.
In the second half, Denmark started better offensively, closing somehow the gap to three goals, 12 – 15. Laura Glauser replaced her colleague Amandine Leynaud in the French goal and she was almost unbreakable for the Danish players, who tried endlessly to attack her goal, mostly without result.
After ten minutes played in the second half Denmark managed to reduce the gap to only two goals, 14 – 16, leading the second half 5-2.
Thousands of Norwegians fans in the Scandinavium were supporting Denmark, and the French advantage melted to one goal, 15 – 16. Glauser kept her team in the game, but Danes smelled definitely the chance to level the game.
Two suspensions, each for one team could decide the game, but Glauser saved a penalty from Woller, another one from Jørgensen is goal. 17 – 18 was the French lead when there were ten minutes to go of the bronze match and the game become tensed.
Nze Minko stole a ball, Østergaard faulted her and besides the two minutes suspension of Østergaard, Lacrabere scored on the penalty, 17 – 19. Dembele increased the lead to three goals, 17 – 20 after a wing shoot.
Six minutes before the end De La Cour made a fault on Dembele, she was awarded with a red card by the Romanian referees and Lacrabere did not miss from seven meters. NzeMinko scored her fifth in the empty goal, but Jørgensen keeps her team close, 19 – 22 after penalty. Denmark did not give up and Østergaard reduced the difference to two goals, 20 – 22.
Dramatic dying minutes brought Denmark closer 22 – 23, but Edwige scored her first and her second goal to bring France the desired bronze medal. Final result. 22 – 25
Demark – France 22 – 25 (9 – 14)
Denmark: Toft, Reinhardt – Jørgensen 6, Kristiansen, Heindhal 2, Griegel 1, Tranborg, Østergaard 3, Woller 1, Fisker 2, Nielsen 1, Okkels 1, Hansen, De la Cour 3, Spellerberg, Haugsted
France: Leynaud, Glauser – Kolczynski 3, Ayglon Saurina, Pineau, Landre 1, Zaadi 1, Houette 2, Dembele 4, Flippes, Horacek, Edwige 2, Nze Minko 5, Gnabouyou 1, Niombla 3, Lacrabere 3
Best player of the match: Amandine Leynaud (FRA)