Euro 2018

Germany through to the Main Round, Dutch victory in group C

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Germany through to the Main Round, Dutch victory in group C


Group D, Brest

  • The team which will finish victorious here will qualify to the Main Round, in the case of a draw Germany will qualify, as they aøready have 2 points against Norway
  • A victory of the Czech Republic could give Norway a huge advantage, deleting their defeat against Germany in the opening match
  • Key players for Germany: Dinah Eckerle, Xenia Smits, Emily Bolk, Julia Behnke
  • Key players for the Czech Republic: Iveta Luzumova, Jana Knedlikova, Lucia Satrapov, Marketa Jerabkova
  • The Czech Republic started the match motivated, Luzumova led her team and Germany was not able to find the solutions against the Czechs defense. 6-10, 7-12 lead for the Czech Republic after 20 minutes, but Iveta Luzumova got injured on her left elbow, she had to leave the court and in this period Germany managed to come back, close the gap and equalize. Even if Luzumova could come back in the last minutes in the attack, the result was 16-16 at the pause.
  • In the second half Germany showed their better face and even if the match was close for a long period, the Czechs could not improve and Germany with Schmelzer, Bolk and an improved Eckerle in the goal got the victory and goes through to the Main Round with 2 points

Germany –  Czech Republic  30 –  28 (16 –  16)



Germany: Eckerle, Roch (GK) – Zapf 4, Berger, Grijssels 2, Schmelzer 7, Smits 2, Behnke 2, Zschocke, Bolk 5, Grossman, Weigel 1, Geschke 5(5), Muller 2, Schulze, Stolle

Czech Republic: Satrapova 1, Kudlackova (GK) – Knedlikova 2, Kovarova 6, Rysankova 2, Konecna, Mika, Kordovska, Luzumova 10(7), Sustkova, Adamkova 2, Marikova, Setelikova, Zachova, Jerabkova 4, Mala 1

Suspensions: 10 minutes;8  minutes

7 meters: 5/5; 7/7

Group C, Montbeliard

  • The Netherlands is already qualified to the Main Round, with 4 points, Croatia is eliminated from the competition, this game is one mandatory match to play for the both teams
  • Helle Thomsen used her second line in the match in order to give some rest for her key players: Groot, Abbingh, Bont, Smeets, and Dulfer
  • Easy victory for the Dutch team where the youngsters like Amega (8 goals) and best player of the match, lineplayer Freriks (5 goals) and goalkeeper Duijndam made their real debut on the international arena

Netherlands –  Croatia 34 – 23 (17 – 10)

Referees: Christiansen, Hessedahl Hansen (DEN)


Netherland: Amega  8,  Malestein 6, Freriks 5

Croatia: Turk 6, Kalaus 6

Suspensions: 2 minutes; 2 minutes

7 meters: 10/7; 3/2

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Euro 2018

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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