05/12/2020

Norway eye main round berth in historic 100th game

GROUP D PREVIEW: A win against Germany would send Norway through to the main round, as the Nordic side become the first team to reach 100 games at the EHF EURO

Norway are playing their 100th EHF EURO game on Saturday. Photo © Stanko Gruden / kolektiff

 Norway were back at their best in their opening game of the tournament, securing a 35:22 win against Poland. Now they can be the first team to earn a main round berth, provided they continue their streak against Germany, in their 100th game in the history of the tournament.

In the first game of the group, Romania and Poland will tough it out after disappointing defeats on Thursday, with the winner edging closer to extend their stay in Denmark for the main round of the EHF EURO 2020.

GROUP D 

Poland vs Romania
Saturday 5 December, 16:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • after losing in the first round, a win would boost both sides’ main round hopes
  • Poland lost the last 10 games played in the EHF EURO, with their last win coming six years ago in the group phase against Russia
  • Romania will need more from star left back Cristina Neagu, who finished the game against Germany with four goals from 14 shots, as her team’s top scorer
  • Romanian goalkeeper Yuliya Dumanska recorded 15 saves, the most of the first day of the competition, for a superb 43 per cent save efficiency
  • the two sides have met in 14 competitive games, with Romania taking seven wins and Poland five; Romania won the only EHF EURO game against Poland, 24:19, in 2014

Nicoleta Dinca, left wing, Romania: “The game against Germany, which we lost, did not go as planned. We made too many mistakes. Now we need to focus on Poland, try and get better, boost our morale with a win.”

Germany vs Norway
Saturday 5 December, 18:15 CET, live on EHFTV

  • Norway play their 100th game in the EHF EURO, having already won 80 games of the previous 99 – an 80.8 per cent winning percentage
  • Norway’s backs Nora Mørk and Henny Reistad are second in the top goal scorer ranking, with six goals apiece
  • Norwegian goalkeeper Emily Stang Sando plies her trade at SG BBM Bietigheim, in the German Bundesliga, and faces six of her club teammates in this game
  • with both teams securing a good start in the competition, the winner will proceed to the main round of the competition, irrespective of the result in the other game in the group
  • in the 12 mutual competitive games played between the two sides, Norway have won nine times, including three times at the EHF EURO; Germany won 33:32 two years ago

Veronica Kristiansen, left back, Norway: “The game against Germany will be a good chance to show where we stand. We lost against them in the last EHF EURO, they are a good team and we must be prepared for them.”

Luisa Schulze, line player, Germany: “We are over the moon with the win against Romania, after the first game in the tournament, which is always something special. Now we must focus on Norway and improve.”

written by Adrian Costeiu / jh