IHF World Championship, Hamburg, Germany
The match of the two disappointed teams which have lost in the semifinals will be played between Sweden, first time qualified to the semi-finals of the World Championships and Netherlands, last time runner-up, behind Norway. The Netherlands lost against Norway having no chance and Helle Thomsen had the opportunity to rest her players in the last 20 minutes of the game. Sweden played later than their opponent and they had to fight until the last seconds as they had a real chance against France, but they suffered a bitter defeat eventually.
Sweden opened better in the bronze match, leading 4-2, presenting a solid defense and good goalkeeper performance from Johanna Bundsen. The Netherlands managed to level the game at 4-4 (14.minute) and the girls of Helle Thomsen took the lead 4-6 two minutes later. Yvette Broch had an outstanding performance on the line-player position, Sweden had trouble to stop her, she scored 4 goals and obtained also seven-meter throws for the Dutch team. Sweden was kept in the match by Olivia Mellegård scoring three from the leftwing and Isabelle Gullden. Tess Wester had an important role in taking the control of the match as in this period of the match she saved several Swedish balls, making the Swedish players lose their confidence in front of the opponent’s goal. The Netherlands worked as a team and several players contributed to their lead, which increased to 6-10, 7-11 and at the end, they won the first half 8-14.
The second half had a totally different start, Sweden made their defense work much more efficient compared to the first half, helping their goalkeeper also to be able to stop many Dutch balls. Idehn was in the goal this half, replacing Bundsen and this seemed to give results, as the Netherlands got totally black in attack as they managed to score only two goals in the second half (48.minute). In this moment Sweden was in a 10-2 lead regarding the second half, and 18-16. The turning point came for Helle Thomsen’s team when Malesten scored on a fastbreak and Lois Abbing leveled the game 18-18 (52.minute). The Netherlands had that little mental advantage and even if Sweden managed to stay close and equalize two more times, 19-19, 20-20, but the dying minutes of the game has brought some Tess Wester savings, two goals from EstevanaPolmann and Angela Malestein, giving the bronze to the Dutch team.
Sweden – Netherlands 21 – 24 (13 – 10)
Sweden – Bundsen, Idehn, Toft Hansen, Mellegård 3, Ekenman-Fernis, Strømberg 1, Roberts 2, Sand 1, Gustin, Westberg 1, Lagerquist 3, Gullden 7 (3), Blomstrand 3, Hagman, Jacobsen, Alm
Netherlands – Jankovic, Wester, Kramer, van der Heijden, Bont, Abbingh 8(1), Snelder, Knippenborg, Groot, Broch 4, Dulfer, Smeets 3, Rozemalen, Malestein 4, van der Wissel, Polman 5
Suspensions: 6 minutes; 12 minutes, red card
7 meters: 3/3; 1/1
Player of the match: Lois Abbingh (NED)