07/12/2020

Norway make it three out of three against plucky Romania

GROUP D REVIEW: Overcoming some serious woes in attack, Norway recorded their third win in a row at the EHF EURO and progress to the main round with four points

Norway failed to break Hungary’s record for the largest number of goals scored in the group phase, 107, since the introduction of the new format, but secured their third win in a row at the EHF EURO 2020, 28:20, against Romania.

GROUP D

Romania vs Norway 20:28 (13:13) 

  • the two teams went back and forth in the first half, but Romania ended the half with a 5:1 run in the last 10 minutes, limiting Norway’s attack to a meagre 52 per cent efficiency
  • with her first goal of the game, scored after 14 minutes, Romanian left back Cristina Neagu became the first ever player to score 250 goals in the EHF EURO history
  • making her debut at the tournament in her 300th match for the national team, Norwegian goalkeeper Katrine Lunde was superb, stopping 15 shots for a 43 per cent save efficiency and earning the Grundfos Player of the Match award
  • the group winners, who recorded their seventh win in a row at the EHF EURO, became only the second side to score more than 100 goals in the group phase since 2002
  • Norway won the group with three wins and will take four points to the main round, while Romania start the next phase with zero points, after their losses against Germany and Norway

Romania fail to get more from their bench

Two years ago, Romania won comfortably against Norway, 31:22, in the EHF EURO 2018 group phase.

They were close to surprising the Nordic side once again, but with a Cristina Neagu still not at 100 per cent – four goals from 16 shots – Romania did not find the proper method to clinch another win, starting the main round with zero points.

Match reaction

Romania goalkeeper Denisa Dedu said: "We were not afraid of Norway and we showed that we can play very good. However, they are very good on the fast breaks and that was the difference for the most part of the game."

Norway's coach Thorir Heirgeirsson said: “We were our biggest opponent in the first half, we had 13 shots without scoring, five goalkeeper saves and eight straight misses. In the defence, we were not so sharp, but we improved in the second half. Katrine [Lunde] played very well in the second half, it was a class performance.”

 

 

written by Adrian Costeiu / jh