Euro 2018

Netherlands defeats Spain after thriller

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Netherlands defeats Spain after thriller
Ibolya Szekeres


Group C, Montbeliard

The Netherlands defeated Spain in a close, exciting and sharp encounter. After leading by three goals in the first half 14-11, Spain fought back in the second, equalized and had the lead also, having the chance to win this match. Nycke Groot was the real leader of the Dutch team, but Lois Abbingh and Estevana Polman made their contribution to this victory. Spanish Carmen Martin managed to equalize in the dying minute of the game, but Netherland had the last attack and Abbingh scored the winner in the last second of the match, giving her team the two points and the Main Round advancement.

Netherlands –  Spain 28 –  27 (14 – 11)

Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)


Netherlands: Wester, Duijndam (GK) – Polman 4, Abbingh 6(2), Dulfer 2, Groot 9(3), Smeets 2, Bont 2, Malestein 1, Krammer, Van der Heijden 2, Amega, Freriks, Rozemalen, Visser

Spain: Navarro, Castellanos (GK) – Martin 6(3), Arderius 1, Cesareo, Guttierez, Garcia 1, Pena 2, L.Gonzalez, Lopez 5(3), Fernandez 2(2), Martinez, Rodrigues 4, Hernandez 5, Valdivia, M.Gonzalez 1

Suspensions: 6 minutes; 12 minutes

7 meters: 5/5; 9/8

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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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