Welcoming back a hungry Nora Mørk into the fold, Norway got back into the winning mode they exhibited in the past two decades, starting EHF EURO 2020 with a bang, a convincing 35:22 win against Poland.
Norway vs Poland 35:22 (17:13)
- 34-year-old left back Marta Gega scored Poland’s first four goals, as her side stayed level with Norway after 10 minutes
- as soon as Norway’s free-flowing attack got into stride, they opened a 12:8 lead in the 22nd minute, on the back of a 4:1 run that saw Nora Mørk score two of her five goals in the first half
- with a depleted roster, Poland could not mount a challenge to stop Norway; Thorir Hergeirsson’s side opened a 10-goal gap after 40 minutes
- Poland lost their tenth game in a row, failing to break their worst ever run in the competition. Their last win came in the 2014 group phase against Russia
- Norway are on a five-game winning run dating back from the EHF EURO 2018, but 11 wins shy of their record, set between 2004 and 2006
Mørk back with a smile on her face
In her last game at the EHF EURO, four years ago, Nora Mørk’s 12-goal outburst helped Norway win the final against the Netherlands, 30:29. The experienced right back suffered two career-threatening injuries in the past years, but bounced back and looked like her old self against Poland.
Mørk was the game’s best scorer, with six goals from seven shots, and the smile on her face said it all: she is happy to be back on the biggest handball stage.
Nora Mørk said: "It was a quite comfortable win in the end, we know that these opening matches can be a little bit tricky for us, we maybe want to show everything at once and it can hurt. In the second half we started well, we have a very good experienced team and create a big difference."
Poland's coach Arne Senstad said: “I think that we did well in the first half, it was expected for Norway to come with a lot of speed and they did just that. We managed to do pretty well against it, we started to do some mistakes in attack and they took advantage by scoring goals on fast breaks.
“We were too satisfied in the dressing room, because the first minutes of the second half were a disaster. We must fix this, we made some mistakes we should not have done.”