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April 16, 2021

Women’s handball: Romania defeats Portugal, 37-23

Romania had a great start in the qualifiers for the Women’s European Handball Championship 2010 after thrashing Portugal on Wednesday, score 37-23 (19-8 at half time).

The national team returned to playing in Sighisoara approximately four and a half years after its official game against the Czech Republic, a game counting for the World Cup 2005 playoffs. The team returned to the place where it set the basis of its most important result in the last 20 years – second place at the World Cup tournament in Russia. Whether out of superstition or not, Romania decided to once again start a qualifiers campaign in the heart of Transylvania. This was basically a sparing match open to the public since Portugal, Romania’s opponent in Group A, had no chance despite having Alexandrina Barbosa in the team. The difference in value was clearly in favour of Radu Voinea’s team that gave a show and went on to win, score 37-23.

Against the backdrop of total domination, the head coach got the chance to test all of his field players: Manea, Neague, Maier, Ardean, Stanca, Lecusanu, Varzaru, Amariei, Moldovan, Puscasu, Vladineanu and Tivadar.

In the other group game, Ukraine defeated Switzerland, score 33-20.

Romania will play against Switzerland on Saturday in Zurich.

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