With an enviable 71 per cent attacking efficiency, Denmark did not look unstoppable, but they did what they were supposed to do, taking a convincing 30:23 win against Slovenia in their first game at the EHF EURO 2020.
Denmark vs Slovenia 30:23 (14:12)
- a swift 5:0 unanswered run for Denmark, that spanned the sixth and the 11th minutes, helped the hosts jump to a 8:4 lead
- Denmark stopped Slovenia’s main weapons in the back line, Tjaša Stanko and Ana Gros, who combined for seven goals from 16 shots throughout the game
- Danish left wing Lærke Nolsoe Pedersen scored three of her six goals in the first eight minutes of the second half
- it was the maiden competitive game for Danish coach Jesper Jensen, who lost his previous games – two friendly matches against Norway – one week before the start of the tournament
- Denmark can seal a main round berth on Sunday with a win against Montenegro, while Slovenia will face a do-or-die game against title holders France
High-octane wings lift Denmark
It was a trademark Danish win, with an efficient attack and a flurry of fast breaks that helped wings Lærke Nolsøe Pedersen and Trine Østergaard, Denmark’s best scorers, combine for 11 goals. Centre back Kristina Jørgensen also scored five goals and made four assists to become the Grundfos Player of the Match,
While the smiles were there after the game, Danish coach Jesper Jensen was still not fully satisfied, as the defence was not fully engaged, with goalkeeper Sandra Toft only saving three shots in the first half.
Denmark's coach Jesper Jensen said: "We entered the game with high pressure on our shoulders, but it was a very important win, because we threw off the tournament with a win, especially on our home court.
"We talked a lot in our team to play more on our wings, I think we had a third of our shots coming from the wings, so I am very happy with how we executed it."
Slovenia's coach Uroš Bregar said: "We started the first half very good, but we did not have an answer in defence to what they did in the second half. I think our problems were in defence rather than in attack and they took advantage of our shortcomings. They deserved this win because they were better."