Euro 2018

Oftedal steered Norway through Spain

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Oftedal steered Norway through Spain


Main Round, Group II.


  • Norway needs to win this game if they will keep the hope alive in order to reach a semifinal, but their destiny is not in their own hands, the other results of the group from this evening will have a crucial meaning for this.
  • Norway had an only one-goal advantage after the first half, mostly due to a bad-working defense, which was normally followed by a weak goalkeeper performance. Both Solberg and Lunde tried to stop the Spanish shoots, but they had not succeeded. Offensive play was efficient for Norway, Oftedal netted six times and steered her team in a clever way.
  • Spanish offensive play was one the most unusual, playing near to the defense and with very speedy players can make breakthroughs quickly on the opponent’s defense. Pena, Fernandez, M.Gonzalez or Lopez were making real problems to a Norwegian defense during the whole first half.
  • The second half: Norway used their speed and better physical shape, made their defense to work, and ran over Spain. Herrem, Jacobsen, Oftedal, Aune or Løke were the main scorers in this half and Scandinavians gained an eight-goal lead (23-31), ten minutes before the end of the match. Spain made many mistakes both in the attack and defense, simply they could not keep up with the title-holders. Norway took their third victory in a row.

Spain –  Norway  25 – 33 (17 –  18)

Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)


Spain: Navarro, Castellanos (GK) – Martin 2, Arderius, Cesareo 1, Garcia, Pena 2, Lopez 5(3), Fernandez 2, Martinez 2, Rodriguez 3, Hernandez 3, Gil de la Vega, Valdivia 2, M.Gonzalez 3

Norway: Lunde, Solberg (GK) – Reistad 2, Arntzen 3, Kristiansen 2, Løke 3, Waade, Oftedal 8, Aune 4, Solberg, Sulland 1(1), Brattset 1, Herrem 4, Sa.Solberg 1, Tomac, Jacobsen 3, Ingstad 1

Suspensions: 10 minutes; 2 minutes

7 meters: 2/1; 4/4

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Euro 2018

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