Euro 2018

France is the new European champion after defeating Russia

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
France is the new European champion after defeating Russia
Ibolya Szekeres

EHF EURO 2018

Accorhotels Arena, Paris

Final match

  • Russia and France made it to final at EHF EURO 2018, but none of these teams managed to win before at EURO, so tonight we will get a new European Champion.
  • The two teams faced each other in the opening match of the EHF EURO in group A in Nancy, so the very first and very last match of the EHF EURO is played between the same two teams.
  • In the opening game Russia took the victory against France, 26-25
  • The first half of the final started better for France, taking the lead 1-3, showing a strong, compact defense. Russia equalized 3-3, with Managarova and Dmitrieva. The two teams were chasing each other, and after 5-5, Anna SEn scored for the first Russian lead, 6-5. Anna Sedoykina had several saves, keeping her team close to the opponent, but Coatanea took back the lead 7-8 for hosts. France had a two-goal lead at 7-9, 8-10, 10-12, but Russia managed to equalize, 12-|12. In the dying minutes of the first half Lacrabere made it 12-13. Nze Minko scored 4 goals for France, Dmitrieva netted three times for Russia in the first half.
  • The second half: France quickly increased the lead to 13-15, and Allison Pineau scored for 13-16 from a penalty, but the ball touched Sedoykinas head in the Russian goal, and Pineau got disqualified after a video replay from referees. Krumbholz and the French team were complaining to the referees and to the EHF delegates, but the decision was set.
  • The 15000 people in the Accorhotels arena showed immediately their support for the French team, making an immense noise.
  • 16-17 was the result for France (43.minute) when Daria Dmitrieva got a 2 minutes suspension, and Zaadi increased the French lead 16-18. Russia was fighting but France always in front with two-three goals, 18-21 ten minutes before the end. Three penalties got France and Lacrabere managed to score from two, 21-23.  France kept their goal clean, scored one more 21-24 and this was the final result.
  • Best player of the match: Anna Vyakhireva (RUS)

Russia –  France  21 –24  ( 12 – 13 )

Referees: Christiansen, Hessedahl Hansen (DEN)

Goals:

Russia: Sedoykina, Trusova (GK) –  Samokhina 1, Kuznetsova 2, Kochetova, Dmitrieva 5, Sen 3, Vyakhireva 7(5), Sudakova, Makeeva 1 , Malashenko, Managarova 1, Skorobogatchenko, Petrova 1, Frolova, Snopova

France: Glauser, Leynaud (GK) – Coatanea 1 , Ayglon Saurina 2 , Pineau 2(2), Ngoan, Zaadi  2, Houette 2 , Dembele Pavlovic, Flippes , Kanor 2 , Edwige 2 , Foppa, Nze Minko 4 , Lacrabere 6(2), Niombla 1

Suspensions:  6 minutes/ 4 minutes

7 meters: 5/5; 7/4

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Euro 2018
Ibolya Szekeres

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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