EHF EURO 2018
Group A, Nantes
Serbia made a surprisingly good first half against a slow and clueless Swedish team. Serbian rightwinger Katarina Krpez Slezak was the leader and scored the 7 meters. Sweden could not find the pace and made a lot of mistakes, struggling to find the way to the Serbian goal. Their defense was not working, the attack was a total struggle and goalkeeper play was also on a low level. Serbia won the first half 11-13.
In the second half, we could see a totally different Swedish team, with more focus, compact defense and a considerably improved Filippa Idéh in the goal, who made a fantastic second half, 49% saves throughout the game. Gulldén, Alm, and Gustin took responsibility in the offensive phase, equalized than took the lead 19-17. Despite a last Serbian resurrection, when young playmaker Vukajlovic caused some trouble in the Swedish defense and Serbia managed to get a draw again, 20-20, Sweden seemed focused and calm in the last attack when Alm scored the winner from distance and secured the two points for her team.
Sweden – Serbia 22 – 21 (11 – 13)
Referees: Nastase, Stancu (ROU)
Sweden: Idéhn, Bundsen (GK) – Mellegård 3, Strømberg 1, Roberts 1, Blohm 1, Sand, Lundstrøm,Gustin 3, Lagerquits 2, Gullden 4(2), Bøomstardn 1, Hagman 1, Massing, Jacobsen, Alm 5
Serbia: Tomasevic, Covic (GK) – Radosavljevic 4, Krpez-Slezak 7(6), Lekic 1, Stevin, Lavko 2, T.Radovic, Nikolic, Kovacevic, Pop-Lazic 3, D.Radojevic 1, Vukajlovic, Cvijic, Stojlkovic 3, Dmitrovic
Suspensions: 8 minutes; 10 minutes
7 meters: 5/3; 6/6