Romanian women handball national team lost their first game in the qualifier Group 6 against Olympic and World Champions Norway, but they made a good impression, fighting for their chance until the last second
“The Scandinavian squad had to give all they had until the final whistle in Oradea in order to hold down the bravely fighting Romanians”, the official website eurohandball.com has reported after the game.
Even though the hosts were never in the lead after they had been ahead 2:1 in the starting period, the match was on the edge until the final stages.
Norway were stronger in defense and more efficient in attack, but until the 22:22 in the 57th minute, everything was possible for Romania, who had at one point been trailing 13:16 in the second half. In the end the goals of top scorer Karoline Dyhre Breivang, who scored with six from seven shots, were the key to the Norwegian away win. Best Romanian scorer was Luciana Marin with five goals.
In other matches that threw off on early Wednesday evening Serbia beat Switzerland 32:21 and Czech Republic beat Portugal 35:20 while Montenegro defeated Poland 25-21.