Euro 2020

Norway sent France out of the EHF EURO 2020

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Norway sent France out of the EHF EURO 2020
Ibolya Szekeres

EHF EURO 2020

Group D, Trondheim

  • the two teams have met often in the early past, so they know each other
  • France was defeated by Portugal in their first game so they really need the victory here, otherwise, they could be out of the competition
  • Nikola Karabatic and Sanders Sagosen know each other well from PSG
  • Norway plays on their home court, is expected a fully soldout arena, 8500 fans
  • Norway has injuries and illness on important players as Bjarte Myrhol(illness) and Kent Robin Tønnessen
  • Sander Sagosen is the top scorer of EHF EURO 2020 so far with 12 goals, same as Mykola Bylik (AUT)
photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

France – Norway 26 – 28 (15 – 14)

Topscorers: Ludovic Fabregas (FRA) and Sander Sagosen (NOR) 10 goals

MVP: Ludovic Fabregas (FRA)

Norway started the match better and after 4-4, led by Sagosen the result got -7 for Norway and they managed to keep the advantage even if there were many clear chances missed, Gerard had a great performance in the goal of the opponent and Fabregas was unstoppable on the line. After 22 minutes the French team managed to level the game at 12-12 then took the lead 14-13.

In the second half France started better than in the first and managed to increase the lead in the beginning, had a lead at 19-17 and Ludovic Fabregas was still unstoppable on the line. But Norway fought back supported by 8932 fans from the stands, Magnus Jøndal, Kristian Bjørnsen, Harald Reinkind, and Sander Sagosen were the main scorers for hosts, and Thorbjørn Bergerud was keeping safe the goal from behind. France tried different tactical moves, they found Fabregas many times, but could not be dangerous from wings and back player position. Norway had a three-goal advantage at the end and won the game by 26-28.

photo: Bjérn Kenneth Muggerud

Christian Berge – headcoach (NOR) about the match :

“It was a physical match, against a difficult opponent, we wanted to run, score on fastbreaks, but we did not manage to realize everything we planned. I am satisfied that we won and took the points.”

Didier Dinart(FRA) – headcoach about the match:

“We were influenced about the loss against Portugal in the opening match, after this we talked together with the team, wanted to win this match, prepared the tactics, but we could not manage very well what we planned, and we definitely lost against a better team tonight.”

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Euro 2020
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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