Euro 2018

Norwegian victory in the Scandinavian encounter, Denmark defeats Macedonia

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Norwegian victory in the Scandinavian encounter, Denmark defeats Macedonia
Ibolya Szekeres

EHF EURO 2018

Main Round, Group I.

Arena Zagreb

Norway needed to win this game against their Scandinavian neighbors from Sweden in order to keep their chances alive for reaching a semifinal. If Norway would have won this game with a  five-goal difference than the match between Croatia and France would decide their fate. French victory and Norwegian five-goal victory would have mean semifinal for Norway. Norway made a replacement before this match, goalkeeper Kristian Sæverås came in for Espen Christensen.

Exciting, close first half with a better Norwegian start leading  6-9 after 15 minutes, but Sweden is not bad either, reduces quickly to only one goal difference. Bergerud had a great performance in the Norwegian goal, Appelgreen managed to save two 7 meters against Kristian Bjørnsen. Halftime result: 11-12.

The second half was as exciting as the first one, the two teams were chasing each other, the result was close to a draw for a long period, but Norway had the lead several times and due to a fantastic Bergerud in the goal managed to win 25-28. Despite the victory, Norway cannot qualify for the semifinal, but Sweden has still a chance.

Sweden – Norway 25 – 28 (11 – 12)

Goals:

Sweden – Eckberg 2, Tollbring 6, Wanne, Nielsen 1, Nilsson 1, Jeppson 5, Lagergren 3, Darj 1, Gottfriedsson 4, Pettersson 2,

Norway – Sagosen 3, Jøndal 3, Bjørnsen 2, Tønnesen 5, Myrhol 7, O’Sullivan 4, Rød 1, Reinkind, Lie Hansen, Johannessen 1, Tangen 2

Suspensions: 1 red card,6 minutes; 12 minutes

7 meters: 8/5; 5/2

Player of the match: Bjarte Myrhol (NOR)

 

In the other Main Round Group in Varazdin Denmark was already qualified to the semifinals,  and met Macedonia. After a close first half ending 12-12, Denmark took a confident victory 20-31.

Macedonia –  Denmark 20 – 31 (12 – 12)

Topscorers: Filip Kuzmanovski (MKD) 6 goals and Michael Damgaard (DEN) 11 goals

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Euro 2018
Ibolya Szekeres

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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