France record best start since 2014 by beating hosts Denmark

GROUP A REVIEW: The title-holders delivered another masterclass in defence and handed Denmark their first loss in the EHF EURO 2020

A free-flowing Danish attack hit a wall when they met France on Tuesday evening in Herning, as the current title holders secured another impressive win, their third in a row at the EHF EURO, 23:20.


France vs Denmark 23:20 (12:11)

  • there were seven lead changes, five missed penalties and 11 saves combined from Amandine Leynaud and Sandra Toft in the first half, as France went into the break holding a one-goal lead
  • neither team managed to open a two-goal gap until the 32nd minute, as France took advantage of a long goal-less stint by Denmark to build a 4:0 unanswered run
  • French shot-stopper Amandine Leynaud, the Grundfos Player of the Match, finished the game with 13 saves and a 39 per cent efficiency between the goal posts
  • making her debut at the EHF EURO 2020 after being sidelined with an injury, French left back Orlane Kanor was her team’s top scorer, with five goals
  • France tied their best-ever winning streak at the EHF EURO, six games in a row, set between 2010 and 2012

Superb goalkeeper pair down Denmark

France missed three penalties, while Denmark failed to score from the penalty spot four times, as the two pairs of goalkeepers were superb on Tuesday evening. While coaches might have been infuriated by those easy chances missed, it made for great watching, as Cleopatre Darleux had a 100 per cent efficiency by saving two penalties in the second half.

With Amandine Leynaud named the Grundfos Player of the Match, France won this game thanks to a superb goalkeeper pair.

Match reaction

France coach Olivier Krumbholz said: “We are very happy, I am very proud of the performance of the players, it was the best French defence we saw up until this point. Props also to the goalkeepers and the attack. The Danish team was very dangerous, but with this defence, we can go very far in the tournament. We have a lot of motivation now, we run very much and it was very difficult for the Danish side to catch up with us."

Denmark coach Jesper Jensen said: "We are disappointed to lose the game, but we showed that we had character. We had a good defence, as well as France, it was a game that was decided on defence. We have a lot of confidence in our team in ourselves, we can compete with any team in Europe."

written by Adrian Costeiu / jh