Following a hotly contested 25:23 victory against Romania in Oradea last Wednesday, the reigning women handball World and Olympic champions Norway taught their opponents a lesson in international handball in the re-match on Sunday evening, final score 30-18 (14-9), according to eurohandball.com.
The way to final tournament in Croatia and Hungary should be free of any obstacles now for the five times EHF EURO champions, Norway.
After two defeats against Norway, Romania now need to win the direct encounter against Belarus in June 2014 to book their ticket to the EHF EURO 2014, while Norway are almost already qualified.
With their ever dangerous counter-attacks and their solid-rock defence Norway left no doubts from the very beginning of the match which team will leave the court victorious.
Until the 20th minute when the score stood at 9:8, the run-down was the similar to the first leg, but then Norway shut their shop and allowed Romania only one single goal in the last ten minutes of the first half, forging ahead to a five-goal gap at the break.
They virtually sealed the deal in their favour with two unanswered goals making it 16:9 at the beginning of the second half, but the Norwegian hunger had not been stilled. In the 49th minute Mork scored for the first double-figured distance at 26:16, and despite slowing down in the final stages the gap eventually increased to twelve goals.
Best scorers were Heidi Loke (Norway) and Luciana Andreea Marin (Romania) with six goals each.
Other results in the EC qualifiers last week-end: Group 1: Lithuania vs. Denmark 31:38 (12:21); Group 2: Slovakia vs. Iceland 19:18 (9:9) and Finland vs. France 13:27 (8:17); Group 3: Poland vs. Czech Republic 19:22 (9:9) and Portugal vs. Montenegro 24:29 (9:11); Group 4: Turkey vs. Netherlands 17:32 (8:17); Group 5: Slovenia vs. Serbia 31:26 (16:12) and Switzerland vs. Sweden 22:30 (11:13); Group 7: Russia vs. Germany 29:28 (13:11)