Euro 2018

Dutch victory against Hungary in group C

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Dutch victory against Hungary in group C
Ibolya Szekeres


Group C, Montbeliard

Both Hungary and Netherlands arrived at the EHF EURO with many missing players, both because of injuries, career stops, and pregnancies. Both head coaches had to think about “force major” solutions in order to put a team together and these two teams are both fighters. The Netherlands has no line players with Snelder and Broch missing, meanwhile, Hungary has no classical distance shooters (only Planéta, who is used mainly in defense). Hungary took a better start leading 8-5, 9-6 at the middle of the first half, but in the last ten minutes, they managed to score only two times. They had a good goalkeeper in Bíró, stopping several Dutch attacks. On the other hand, the Duch team made a better last ten minutes where fastbreaks were the key moments, and the first half ended 11-11.

In the second half the Dutch team presented their better face both in defense and attack, Tess Wester showed a good performance in the goal and Hungary seemed to be unable to challenge the second half’s Dutch play. Netherland had the advantage 15-18, 18-20 but Hungary managed to equalize 21-21, 22-22. But from this point, the Dutch team scored five goals, 22-27 and was no way back for Hungarians. Final result:

Hungary –  Netherlands 25 –  28 (11 – 11)

Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina


Hungary: Bíró, Kiss (GK) – Kovács 5(2), Kovacsics 3, Planéta, Tóth 2, Pálos-Bognár, Mészáros 1, Tóvízi 1, Schatzl 4, Kazai 1, Lukács 3, Orbán, Lakatos, Háfra 5, Szalai

Netherlands: Wester, Duijndam (GK) – Dulfer 5, Groot 3(1), Van der Heijden 5, Rozemalen 1, Bont 1, Polman 3, Visser 1, Krammer 1, Abbingh 6(1), Malestein 1, Smeets 1, Amega, Freriks

Suspensions: 10 minutes; 10 minutes

7 meters: 3/2; 4/2


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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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