In probably the biggest derby on Day 2 of the IHF Women’s Handball World Championship, two winners of the first round, Russia and Montenegro met in Oldenburg. In the first day of the competition, Russia defeated Tunisia as expected while Montenegro won somewhat surprisingly confidently against Denmark. Right from the first moments, Russia took the advantage but Montenegro was running close behind. After the two teams went shoulder to shoulder in the first period, in the final minutes of the period, the Russians managed to open up the gap to three goals until the halftime whistle (12-15). Even though Russia entered the second half better, Montenegro didn’t give the two points easily and with a little more than 10 minutes left from the game, they equalized with the goal of Katarina Bulatovic. However, once again, exactly as in the second half, the final minutes were dominated by the Russians: their seven goals were only answered three times by the Montenegrins and so Russia collected two more points and remained undefeated after the second round (24-28).
IHF Women’s Handball World Championship – Group C (Oldenburg) – Round 2
Montenegro – Russia 24-28 (12-15)
Montenegro: K. Bulatovic 7, J. Radicevic 5(1), M. Raicevic 4(4), D. Jaukovic 2, T. Brnovic 2, B. Klikovac 1, J. Despotovic 1, I. Pavicevic 1, I. Grbic 1
Russia: D. Dmitrieva 5, A. Vyakhireva 4, A. Kochetova 4(3), Y. Managarova 3, P. Vedekhina 3, K. Sabirova 3, D. Samokhina 2, A. Punko 2, Y. Markova 2
Penalties: 7/5 ; 4/3
Suspensions: 8 minutes ; 8 minutes