Hungary earned an emphatic win, 38:26, over Serbia to open round 2 for group C at the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 on Sunday afternoon, not only earning an important two points to remain in with a chance to reach the main round but significantly boosting their confidence after a disappointing round 1 loss.
In contrast, Serbia equalled their biggest ever EHF EURO defeat – a 28:40 result versus Romania in 2010.
Serbia vs Hungary 26:38 (11:20)
- Serbia scored the opening goal of the match and that was the last time they held the lead; Hungary streaked ahead to 11:7 by the 15th minute and then a nine-goal advantage by the break
- Szandra Szöllősi-Zácsik had a superb match, leading Hungary with a total of 10 goals, with five of those scored by the 13th minute
- Szöllősi-Zácsik’s goals together with those of her fellow backs showed the cracks in Serbia’s defence, which changed between 6-0 and 5-1 but could not keep Hungary’s rampant back court quiet
- Blanka Biro had a strong game in Hungary’s goal, making 14 saves at a rate of 42 per cent in 50 minutes on court
- with the score at 34:19 as the last 10 minutes began, the outcome was clearly decided in favour of Hungary
Hungary find their game
It was an enormous relief for Hungary to take the two points and enjoy such a strong performance.
The choice to start with Katrin Klujber on right back in attack while Szöllõsi-Zácsik began on left back instead of Noémi Háfra paid off splendidly. The back court combined for more goals in the opening half versus Serbia than they did against Croatia in total.
EHF EURO 2018 All-star Team left back Háfra in particular was visibly thrilled to score in her first minute on the court and seemed especially reaffirmed by her performance on Sunday.
Serbia coach Ljubomir Obradović said: "The girls were exhausted after last night’s match so I gave the chance to the players who didn’t play, for the two girls who were in isolation. We now have a rest day and we play the next match in two days at six o’clock so we have a chance to prepare.”
Szöllősi-Zácsik said: "Today we were much, much better in all elements of the game – in defence, in offence, in the goal. We could speed up our game – not slow down as we did the day before yesterday."