One goal made the difference in the game against Norway.
The Romanian women’s national handball team defeated Norway on Sunday evening in the World Cup final in Aarhus, Denmark, score 24-23 (12-12 at half time).
Romania opened the score but then fell two goals behind – 1-3 in the 3rd minute and 2-4 in the 5th minute. The team came back into the game, equalized (5-5, 10th minute) and then took a four-goal lead (9-5, 18th minute). Towards the end of the first half the Romanian players dropped their guard and were equalized, 12-12 at half time. After the break the game was balanced. Romania started to increase its lead in the 48th minute, score 22-18, and went on to win at a slim difference, score 24-23.
Romania had defeated the Olympic title holders in the tournament’s group stages too, score 21-20. This is the second time Romania wins the prestigious competition. Last year the team defeated Norway in the final, score 28-27. Our team’s goals were scored by Valentina Ardean (4), Ada Moldovan (5), Oana Manea (4), Melinda Geiger (7), Aurelia Bradeanu (2), Florina Chintoan (1) and Adriana Nechita (1).
The team coached by Radu Voina also missed three 7-meter throws.
cristina neagu – world cup’s best player
Cristina Neagu was nominated the best player of the tournament. Two Romanian players were included in the tournament’s ideal team: Katrine Lunde Haraldsen (Norway) – Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth (Norway), Camilla Dalby (Denmark), Anita Gorbicz (Hungary), Marit Malm Frafjord (Norway), Cristina Neague (Romania), Valentina Ardean-Elisei (Romania).
France defeated Denmark in a game counting for third place, score 28-26.