06/12/2020

Flawless Denmark hand Montenegro worst ever loss

GROUP A REVIEW: Denmark sealed a main round berth in style, handing Montenegro their worst ever loss in the EHF EURO, 28:19

Sandra Toft excelled as Denmark beat Montenegro. Photo © Anze Malovrh / kolektiff

For the third EHF EURO in a row, Denmark started the competition with two wins in a row, after steamrolling Montenegro 28:19, with a superb second half performance.

It was Montenegro’s worst ever loss in the history of the competition, and Kim Rasmussen’s side are close to being out of the tournament in the group phase for the first time since 2006.

GROUP A

Montenegro vs Denmark 19:28 (11:13)

  • facing his home country for the third time at the EHF EURO after losing the first two games, Montenegro’s coach, Kim Rasmussen, deployed an efficient defence, which kept the Danish attack in check in the first half
  • Denmark built their advantage with a 7:0 unanswered run between the 34th and the 52nd minute, with Danish goalkeeper Sandra Toft recording five saves in that span
  • the 31-year-old shot stopper was named the Grundfos Player of the Match, after finishing the game with 11 saves for a 48 per cent save efficiency
  • the hosts are the second most efficient side in term of attacking efficiency after two rounds, with 71.6 per cent, only behind Norway, who lead the way with 71.9 per cent.
  • Denmark will face France in the last game of the group; Montenegro meet Slovenia in the game that will decide the third team to proceed to the next phase of the competition

The numbers back Denmark

With two wins in the first two games, Denmark surely look like one of the teams that will proceed to the final weekend in Herning.

It might just be early doors, but the hosts have the second best defence – 42 goals conceded, only two goals more than France – and the third best attack. They have scored 58 goals, behind Norway (77 goals) and Hungary (60).

Match reaction

Montenegro coach Kim Rasmussen said: "We tried to get better, but the energy level dropped in the second half. Finding spaces in their defence was also getting harder, and it was a perfect storm, we could not do anything. In the second half, we never found the balance and we lost today against the better team."

Denmark coach Jesper Jensen said: "We are extremely happy for the two points and proceeding to the main round. We are satisfied with the match. We had more power than Montenegro, we ended up with a big win and we are very happy."

written by Adrian Costeiu / jh