Euro 2018

Hosts defeated by Russia in the opening game

photo: Madalina Donose
Hosts defeated by Russia in the opening game
Ibolya Szekeres

EHF EURO 2018, Nancy

Group B

France started the opening game nervously, managing to score the first goal after 7 minutes in the match. The Russian team was not more efficient either as after ten minutes the result was 2-2. Both goalkeepers, Leynaud and Sedoykina helped their teams with a good performance, both defenses had worked well and both teams had their problems in the offensive phase. Russia made a better period, leading 3-7 at the middle of the first half, but France fought back bravely and with a precise shooter as Orlane Kanor they managed to keep close to Russia and eventually finish the half 11-11.

France started the second half much better, taking the lead quickly 13-11, 15-12, but Russia kept close and equalized at 16-16, then took back the lead 17-18, Daria Dmitrieva and Daria Samokhina were secure points in the Russian attack, meanwhile France was struggling to find the right pace and team composition. Krumbholz was unable to make the right changes or tactical moves and Russia get the victory in the opening game spoiling the French joy.

France –  Russia  23 – 26 (11 – 11)

Referees: Garcia/Marin


France: Glauser, Leynaud (GK) – Coatanea 1, Ayglon Saurina 2, Pineau 3/1, Ngoan, Zaadi 1, Houette 1, Niakate, Dembele Pavlovic 3, Flippes 2, Kanor 6, Edwige 3, Foppa, Nze Minko 1, Lacrabere 1(1)

Russia: Sedoykina, Trusova (GK) –  Samokhina 7 (5), Kuznetcova 3, Kochetova, Dmitrieva 8, Sen, Vyakhireva, Sudakova, Makeeva 1, Malashenko 3, Managarova 2, Skorobogatchenko 1, Petrova , Frolova 1, Snopova

Susopensions: 10 minutes/8 minutes

7 meters: 3/2; 5/5


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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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