Rematch of 2018 final; Sweden and Denmark start main round

GROUP I PREVIEW: Sweden and Denmark will get their main round campaigns underway on Friday, after France and Russia meet for the first time since the EHF EURO 2018 final

Russia will play France and Sweden face Denmark in the main round. Photo © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff

Day two for group I at the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 opens with an unmissable game: a rematch of the 2018 final between France and Russia. The match on Friday will be the first official encounter between the sides since France took their first European title on the home court in Paris two years ago.

Wrapping up the day will be a classic derby between Denmark and Sweden, both of whom start their main round with the game. Denmark start the main round with two points, while Sweden count one.


France vs Russia
Friday 11 December, 18:15 CET, live on EHFTV

  • the last time France and Russia met in an official match was in the final of the EHF EURO 2018, won by France, 24:21. The two sides also met in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games final, which Russia won 22:19
  • since the EHF EURO 2018, Russia took the World Championship 2019 bronze medal while France were a shock exit in the preliminary round at that event
  • France enter the main round with by far the best goalkeeping record at the EHF EURO 2020, with an average of 39 per cent between Amandine Leynaud and Cleopatre Darleux in their three preliminary round games
  • Russia scored the second highest number of goals in the preliminary round, with 85
  • on Thursday night, Russia beat Montenegro and France beat Spain, both matches by just one goal

Vladlena Bobrovnikova, Russia left back: “A key to Russian success has always been the huge pool of strong players. We have so many options and we are dangerous from all positions. It is much easier to stop a team with a clear leader and top star, but we are hard to stop, as for us it is all about the team and every player can step in.”

Orlane Kanor, France left back: “Everything is going on well. We are playing well together, we are feeling very good together and I hope to win many games.”

Denmark vs Sweden
Friday 11 December, 20:30 CET, live on EHFTV.com

  • this is a classic derby that has seen 17 previous encounters, with 11 wins for Denmark and six for Sweden overall. At EHF EURO tournaments, Denmark have beaten Sweden four times and Sweden won two
  • in the preliminary round at the EHF EURO 2018 Denmark beat Sweden by one goal. One year earlier, Sweden knocked Denmark out in the World Championship quarter-final and proceeded to an historic semi-final berth
  • only Norway ranks ahead of Denmark in terms of shooting efficiency at the EHF EURO 2020 – the Danes have shot at 63 per cent
  • one goal will bring Sweden centre back Isabelle Gulldén level with German Grit Jurack in third on the all-time top scorer standings; two more and she takes third position
  • this will be Sweden’s 70th EHF EURO match and if they defeat their local rivals they will celebrate that milestone with their 30th victory at the event

Jesper Jensen, Denmark coach: “We have to chase every win in the next games and focus for the next games and try to win them all. I am satisfied with how we played in the previous games. Our level was high – I am just waiting for top performances.”

Tomas Axnér, Sweden coach: “There are a lot of good things to carry on to the next games, to the main round. We are facing very good teams of course and we have to take our chance against them.”

written by Courtney Gahan / jh