In the first day of the Möbelringen Cup in Norway, Olympic champions Russia met Hungary. Russia started better but Hungary took up the rhythm quickly as well and the two teams went hand in hand. Young Hungarian Noémi Háfra entered the game very well in the first half and showed some great potential. The 19-year-old player scored goals and made penalties as well. Although the Hungarian defense was easy to break – mostly by Daria Dmitrieva and Anna Vyakhireva – and the performance from the Hungarian goalkeepers was very low, the attacks were going quite well led by Anikó Kovacsics, and the Russian goalkeeper wasn’t on top either. Kim Rasmussen tried to change his goalkeepers constantly but neither Blanka Bíró, nor Kinga Janurik managed to take momentum. After the first half, the two teams went to the locker room with a 18-17 Russian lead.
The second half started with a Russian goal, and Hungary had several chances to equalize but they failed in the key moments. In the second 10 minutes of the second half, Russia turned to a higher speed, mostly thanks to Yuliia Managarova and worked out a more significant lead (31-26) with just 8 minutes left, and the match seemed not to go out of the hands of the team of Evgeny Trefilov. However, there was one more turn left in the match as in just a few minutes time, Hungary came back to one goal behind (31-30). The standing promised an exciting finish for the match, however, the real drama didn’t come as Russia didn’t let their opponent equalize and was concentrating more in the most important moments of the game. The match ended 35-33 in favor of the Russians. In the next round, Hungary will meet Norway while Russia will play against South Korea on Saturday.
Möbelringen Cup – Day 1
Russia – Hungary 35-33 (18-17)
Russia: D. Dmitrieva 8(1), A. Vyakhireva 6, P. Vedekhina 4, Y. Managarova 4, A. Kochetova 3(3), A. Punko 3, K. Makeeva 3, D. Samokhina 2, K. Sabirova 1, M. Petrova 1
Hungary: A. Kovacsics 8(2), N. Schatzl 7, K. Klivinyi 4, V. Lukács 3, G. Tóth 2, N. Háfra 2, K. Szekeres 2, B. Bódi 2, A. Kovács 1(1), A. Görbicz 1, Sz. Szöllősi-Zácsik 1
Best player for Russia: D. Dmitrieva
Best player for Hungary: N. Schatzl