Euro 2018

Surprising Hungary beats Romania

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Surprising Hungary beats Romania


Main Round, Group II


  • If Romania wins this game, they can secure the semifinal berth, if Hungary takes the victory than Norway could go to the semifinal, but with a draw, Romania also is in the semifinals.
  • Romania had a tough game yesterday against Spain, they could not rest their key-players because Spain was a strong opponent.
  • Hungary had two days of rest after they defeated Germany in the previous match -this could give to the team of Kim Rasmussen a real advantage
  • The first half: Romania took the steering and the control of the match, leading with 3-4 goals,  even 6-11 after the first quarter. Neagu, Pintea, and Buceschi were dangerous for Romanians, meanwhile, Schatzl, Lukács, Kovács, and Kovacsics were the main scorers for Hungarians. After a timeout called by Rasmussen Hungary made a good period of  6-2 and get real close to Romania, 12-13. The team of Martin managed to keep their slight advantage a while, but in the dying minutes of the match Hungary got the draw first at 15-15 by Kovacsics and the first half ended 17-17. Hungary made better returns and their fastbreaks also worked well, Hungarian defense was struggling against Pintea and Neagu mostly. In the Hungarian goal, Bíró had a weak day, after Kiss replaced her the things has changed a bit.
  • The second half: Hungary opened with taking the lead and 18-17, and even if Romania tried to stick to their opponent, Hungary managed to present an incredible defense and Kiss in the goal was amazing, stopping many clear Romanian chances. Hungary went to a 25 -20 lead (42.minute) and this was the time for Ambros Martin to take a time-out. This helped somehow the Romanians, coming closer, 26-24, 27-26. Eight minutes before the end Cristina Neagu got injured on her left knee, it seemed to be a serious injury after she twisted her knee in an offensive situation. Her team got shocked to lose their top player, but Dragut managed to equalize 27-27. On the other hand, Hungary mobilized the last energies and won the match 31-29.
  • Player of the match: Eva Kiss (HUN)-GK

Hungary –  Romania 31 –  29 (17 –  17)

Referees: Bennani, Bennani (SWE)


Hungary: Kiss, Bíró (GK) – Tóvizi 2, Schatzl 6, Kovacsics 5, Orbán, Pálos-Bognár, Kovács 4(3), Mészáros, Planéta 1, Kazai, Háfra 6, Lukács 5, Szabó, Tóth, Lakatos 2

Romania: Dedu, Dumanska (GK) – Udristoiu, Geiger, Buceschi 4(1), Neagu 9(1), Perianu, Laslo 3, Ardean-Elisei 2(1), Pintea 7, Florica 1, Ratiu, Polocoser, Bacaoanu, Chiper 1, Dragut 2

Suspensions: 8 minutes; 4 minutes

7 meters: 5/3; 7/3

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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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