France in the final after thriller

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France in the final after thriller

World Championship 2021, Spain

Granollers, Semifinals

France – Denmark 23 – 22 (10 – 12)

Referees: Alvarez/Bustamante (ESP)

Franve: Glauser (28%), Darleux ( 40%) (GK) – Foppa 4, Toublanc 3, Nocandy 3, Pineau 3, Zaadi 3, Nze Minko 3, Valentini 1, Granier 1, Flippes 1, Lassource 1, Horacek, Edwige, Sercien Ugolin

Denmark: Reinhartd (37%), Toft (50%) (GK) – Haugsted 5, Hansen 4, Højlund 3, Østergaard 2, Heindahl 2, Jørgensen 2, Nolsøe 1, Burgaard 1, Petteresen 1, Iversen 1, Bøhme, Møller, Friis

Suspensions: 2 minutes/8 minutes

7 meteres: 5/4; 4/3

Denmark had the better start in this semifinal, with an excellent defense and a brilliant Reinhardt in the goal they had the 4-8 lead and they actually led the match with three goals almost the entire first half. France struggled in attack, Denmark seemed to be very prepared against them. Pause: 10 -12.

In the second half, Denmark continued the good play and kept the lead but Krumbholz decided to use the 5+1 defense, with Nze MInko in the front position. With this Denmark got many problems against the defense, they became insecure and could not find the right solutions. Mie Høilund had a good period and they stood close to France. The French team managed to do better in their offensive phase, Zaadi scored and had some assists to Foppa, Toublanc scored from the right-wing in very important moments, and even if Toft made some important saves for the Danes, the dynamic of the game has changed. France kept focused all the way, they believed in their power and managed to win by one goal, 23-22.

Plaer of the match: ALlhea Reinhardt (DEN)

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