France and Denmark confirmed pre-tournament expectations in the first round and secured wins, but both Montenegro and Slovenia left it all on the court.
Before the meeting between the title-holders and the hosts, scheduled for Tuesday, both teams can secure safe passage to the main round, provided they win their games on Sunday.
Yet both Slovenia and Montenegro will be playing with their hearts on their sleeves, knowing their future in the competition hangs by a thread.
Slovenia vs France
Sunday 6 December, 18:15 CET, live on EHFTV
- after their 24:23 win against Montenegro, France will proceed to the main round if they beat Slovenia
- Slovenia have failed to earn a main round berth in their past four EHF EURO tournaments and could face the same fate if they lose on Sunday and if Montenegro win against Denmark
- 34-year old left wing Siraba Dembele will play her 48th game at the EHF EURO, tying former Norwegian right wing Linn Kristin Riegelhuth-Koren as the second most capped player in the tournament
- France are currently on a four-game winning streak at the EHF EURO, only two games shy of their record, set between 2010 and 2012
- France won 11 of the mutual 13 games between the two sides, including two wins at the EHF EURO; Slovenia failed to score more than 21 goals in those two games
Ana Gros, right back, Slovenia: “The defeat against Denmark was disappointing, but we have two more matches ahead of us, so we must have a breakthrough in one of them.”
Montenegro vs Denmark
Sunday 6 December, 20:30 CET, live on EHFTV
- Denmark will progress to the main round with a win, irrespective of the outcome of the other game in the group
- Montenegro have won at least one of the first two games in all of the five EHF EURO tournaments they have taken part in
- provided they win, Denmark will become only the second team in history to hit 60 wins at the EHF EURO; Norway is the only other team to have achieved this
- Danish coach Kim Rasmussen will face his home country for the third time at the EHF EURO, having lost the previous two games, when he coached the Polish and the Hungarian women’s national teams in 2014 and 2016
- the two sides have met eight times in the past 10 years, including three EHF EURO games; Denmark won two of these, including a 24:23 thriller in the main round two years ago
Jovanka Radicevic, right wing, Montenegro: “We lost against France, but we gave every ounce of our energy. If we continue to play like this, we can a do a lot at the EHF EURO 2020 and no team will find it easy against us.”