After the results of the last day of the Main Round, there was not much choice for the French side: they needed a win against Serbia in order to be able to continue in the semifinals. The home team, supported by the crowd, didn’t start easily as the Serbians gave them a hard time right from the beginning. In the second part of the first half, France managed to leave the opponent a bit further behind (10-12) but Serbia was still in sight. After 22 minutes, the Serbians took back the lead (13-12) but it didn’t last long as it served as a wake up call for the French side. The last minutes of the first half were clearly dominated by the hosts (14-18 at halftime) so France had one foot already in the semifinals.
In the second half, France left no chance for the Serbians and made it obvious that they would continue in Paris. Serbia couldn’t keep up with the home team and couldn’t make it really difficult to qualify for the next stage. With less than 40 minutes played, the difference grew to 10 goals (16-26) and all the questions were decided for the rest of the match. In the end, France made a fiesta, won by 10 goals (28-38) and the world champion will face Netherlands in the semifinals on Friday.
EHF EURO 2018 – Main Round Group I
Serbia – France 28-38 (14-18)
Serbia: K. Krpez Slezak 5(1), S. Pop-Lazic 5, J. Kovacevic 5(1), A. Vukajlovic 3, D. Cvijic 3, J. Stoiljkovic 2, D. Stevin 2, J. Lavko 1, M. Dmitrovic 1, T. Radojevic 1
France: E. Nze Minko 9, M. Houette 7, L. Flippes 4, A. Pineau 4(4), P. Coatanea 4, A. Lacrabere 4, G. Niombla 2, G. Zaadi 2, A. Ngouan 1, B. Edwige 1
Penalties: 2/4 ; 4/4
Suspensions: 4 minutes ; 4 minutes
Player of the match: Grace Zaadi (France)