The Romanian men’s national handball team was defeated by Belarus in Minsk, score 28-23, thus failing to qualify for the World Cup 2013 playoffs. Romania previously qualified for two final tournaments: in Croatia (2009) and Sweden (2011).
“This is our value. At this moment Belarus plays better from all points of view. Today they proved that, apart from Rutenka, they also have something we lack: knowledge of the game,” head coach Vasile Stanga stated for Digisport. “We looked fine up to a point. In the second half we didn’t manage to score for 10 minutes. They took the lead and we couldn’t catch up. We expected a difficult game but we didn’t expect to make so many mistakes,” player Vali Ghionea stated.
In his turn, player Marius Novanc stated: “It’s difficult for me to draw conclusions, because I’m disappointed. We were confused at the start of the second half, I don’t know exactly what happened. Today Belarus was better, I have to admit, and Rutenka has proven his qualities: he can play on several positions and he scored from wherever he wanted. We have to take notes when meeting such a handball player.”