Gjensidige Cup, Oslo
Kristian Bjørnsen on the rightwing and Christian O’Sullivan on the playmaker position were back for Norway after injuries and sickness, but Brazil made a good first half where they tried to stick to the hosts and at 11-11 the result was even. Sagosen, Bjørnsen or Myrhol made a good first half, but the Brazilian team was a strong opponent today, and the first half ended 19-16.
In the second half due to a fantastic Torbjérn Bergerud in the Norwegian goal, hosts managed to keep their advantage and to stabilize their play, winning as favorites both the game and the tournament.
Norway will play in Herning, Group C, the opponents will be Denmark, Austria, Chile, Tunisia, and Saud Arabia.
Brazil finished third in Gjensidige Cup and at the World Championship is in group A, in Berlin against France, Germany, Russia, Serbia and Korea.
Iceland placed second in this tournament will play in group B, in Munich in the company of Spain, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Bahrain and Japan.
Norway – Brazil 30 – 26 (19 – 16)
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Norway: Bergerud, Christensen (GK) – Sagosen 7(1), Myrhol 7, Jøndal 4, Bjørnsen 5, Gullerud 1, Tangen 1, Rød 3, O’Sullivan, Fredriksen, Gulliksen, Lie Hansen 2, Blonz, Øverby, Jakobsen, Vildalen, Balstad
Brazil: Almeida, Tercariol(GK) – H.Texeira 4, Valadao 1, Toledo 3, Santos, Pozzero 2, Borges 3, Chiuffa 3(1), V.Texeira 2, Novais, Langaro 1, Nantes 2, Ponciano 3, Hackbarth, Rodriguez 2
Suspensions: 4 minutes; 4 minutes
7 meters: 1/1; 1/1
In the first match of the day:
Iceland – Netherlands 27 – 23 (14 – 12)
Topscorers: Tor Arnor Gunnarson (ISL) 7 goals and Kay Smits (NED) 9 goals