Norway won after struggle against Hungary

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Norway won after struggle against Hungary




Bergen Sotra Arena

Second day

Norway –  Hungary 29 – 24(11 –  12)


Norway – Mørk 5, Løke 7, Solberg 2, Hegh Arntzen 2, Brattset 1, Jakobsen1, Kristiansen 5(4), Oftedal 3, Herrem 2, Skogrand 1

Hungary – Szöllösi – Zácsik 4, Kovacsics 2, Háfra 4, Klivinyi 3, Schatzl 2, Bódi 2, Mayer 2, Kovacs 5(4)

Suspensions: 8 minutes; 10 minutes

7 meters: 5/4; 6/4

Hungary started better the encounter, showing a solid, well-working defensive set-up. The starting line-up for Hungary: Bíró, Schatzl, Szöllösi-Zácsik, Kovacsics, Tóth, Mayer, Bódi, Norway started with Grimsbø, Mørk, Oftedal, Kristiansen, Solberg, Skogrand, Brattset. The first ten minutes were very balanced, despite Hungarian lead, 0-1, 2-3, Norway was kept in the game by Grimsbø with important saves in clear chances or 7-meter. Than Hungary find the gaps on the Norwegian defense which was vulnerable on some positions and Hafra, Zácsik or Kovacsics managed to score and take the lead, 3-7, 4-8. Hergeirsson took his first time-out, but the defensive play of the hosts still had room for improvement, while on the other side Hungarian defense was stopping the otherwise storming Norwegian attacks. After Heidi Løke entered the court she scored immediately and the Norwegian offensive play worked better with her on the line, 6-8. Hungary with a fluent offensive play managed to continue their efficiency, so they had a lead of 7-11, 8-12 after 25 minutes. Norway has accelerated in the dying minutes and reduced the difference to only one goal, 11-12  in the halftime.

In the second half, Hungary was the team which started better again, 11-14, 12-15 was their lead, Bódi, Kovacsics, Kovács, Klivinyi scored for the guests. Norway still had Heidi Løke on the line and she managed to score several times, Norway got several 7-meters and Veronica Kristiansen was efficient on these. Hungary seemed to get tired before the last ten minutes, and this was the time for Norway to accelerate their offensive play. Nora Mørk and Heidi Løke showed that their cooperation still works as good as earlier, Mørk finished on 8 goals and Løke netted seven times again in the second match after her return five months after the birth of her son.

After 19-19 in the 47.minute of the match, Norway improved strongly their attack and took the lead, 21-19, 22-20, but Hungary managed to come back one more time, mostly due to Szabina Mayer on the line, scoring goals and getting seven meters. When the result was 23-23, Blanka Biro saved a seven-meter from Kristiansen, but in the next five minutes, it was Norway scoring six, while Hungary netted only one time. Final result: 29-24.


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Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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