EHF EURO 2018
Accorhotels Arena, Paris
- The Netherlands is forced to play this game without n injured Jessy Kramer and Martine Smeets, both injured in the semifinal game against France. Helle Thomsen made a replacement in the squad, left back, Inger Smits was called in. This bronze match is the last national team game for Maura Visser.
- On the other side, Romania misses also Neagu, their most important player, who got a serious knee injury in the last Main Round match.
- The first half brought a better start for Netherland, they were in front already at the beginning, 0-2, 1-3, with Abbingh and Polman on the scoring list. Romania managed to equalize 3-3, but the Dutch team needed just some minutes to grab the lead again, with fastbreak-goals, signed Groot, Smits, and Malestein, 4-8 (19.minute). The weakness of The Romanian team seemed to be in their offensive system, which was not working smoothly in Neagus absence. But if they managed to score, like Buceschi for 5-9, then the Netherlands just ran over them and scored again after just some seconds. Romania had a better period when Perianu, Geiger, and Buceschi managed to find the way to Wester’s goal. Despite a timeout called by Romanian head coach, Ambros Martin, Netherlands managed to increase their lead, 8-15 and win the first half.
- The second half: started for many mistakes for both teams, Romania continued their lack of efficiency, but they managed to score eventually, 11-17 (40.minute). Netherlands had a good fluency in their attacks, scoring almost on their every attack, 13 – 21 after 45 minutes. Polman, Abbing, Groot, and Malestein are in a scorings mood, and Tess Wester had a 50% saving performance. Romania managed to close the gap, 17-21 with the goals of Elisei, Laslo and Chiper and the Dutch team also made several mistakes. 19-22, Romania was definitely back in the game with 7 minutes left. 20- 23 and Romania had several chances to get closer, but the mistakes they were making did not allow them to equalize. The last time out for Romania 3 minutes before the end, but Romania could not score, meanwhile an already struggling Netherlands get the crucial scoring from Nycke Groot after a 7 meter, 20-24.
- Player of the match:
Netherlands – Romania 20 – 24 ( 8–15 )
Referees: Vranes, Wenninger (AUT)
Netherlands: Wester, Duijnkam (GK)– Van der Heijden 1, Abbingh 4, Bont 1, Knyppenborg, Amega, Visser, Groot 5(1), Dulfer 1, Freriks, Smits 1, Rozemalen, Malestein 4, Polman 7
Romania: Dedu, Dumanska (GK) – Udristoiu, Geiger 2, Buceschi 2, Bazaliu, Perianu 2, Laslo 2 , Ardean-Elisei , Pintea 1, Florica, Polocoser, Bacaoanu, Zamfirescu 2, Chiper 3, Dragut
Suspensions: 2 minutes; 4 minutes
7 meters: 3/1 ; 1/0