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Russia goes to the final, big disappointment for Norway

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Russia goes to the final, big disappointment for Norway

Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo

Semifinals:

Norway – ROC 26 – 27 (11 -14)

Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)

Goals:

Norway: Lunde (35%), Solberg (GK) – Brattset 1, Oftedal 2, Kristiasen 3, Mørk 10, Skogrand 4, Herrem, Reistad 2, Frafjord 1, Jacobsen, Solberg.-Isakssen 3, Breistøl, Tomac,

ROC: Sedoykina (39%), Kalinina (11%) (GK) – Vyakhireva 9, Kuznetcova 2, Sen, Bobrovnikova 1, Makeeva 4, Fomina, Managarova 2, Skorobogatchenko, Dmitrieva 2, Ilina 4, Gorshkova, Vedhekina 3

Suspensions: 8 minutes; 6 minutes

7 meters: 7/6; 7/5

Norway started the match better, but Russia managed to stay close. After both teams were chasing the lead, Russia grabbed a three-goal advantage before the pause, despite a fantastic Norwegian goalkeeper play from Katrine Lunde and a very efficient one Nora Mørk. Both teams had a good working defense, the difference was made of the Norwegian mistakes made in the offensive play.

In the second half, Russia got a bigger advantage, 16-22, led by Anna Vyakhireva, scoring on changes she creates herself and Anna Sedoykina in the Russian goal, showing a huge improvement in the second half. Norway fought back in the last 5 minutes, 26-27, but Russia is allowed to play more than two minutes in their last attack and winning the match with one goal, as five years back in Rio.

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