EHF EURO 2012 hosts Serbia took a giant step towards the Main Round with an emotional 24:22 win over Denmark in their Preliminary Round Group A match in Belgrade’s Pionir Hall on Tuesday, according to ehf-euro.com.
The result, coupled with Poland’s 41:24 rout of Slovakia, means that the Serbians have won the group with a match to spare and will carry maximum points to the Main Round.
Denmark and Poland are also through to the second group stage of the competition, while Slovakia will make an early exit no matter what they do against Serbia on Thursday.
Serbia coach Veselin Vukovic told ehf-euro.com: “In the first half we conceded too many goals from their backs and their pivot so at half time we decided to strengthen our center defence and this was the key for our victory, together with our goalkeeper Stanic who was fantastic today. Congratulations to my captain Momir Ilic on behalf of the home team who played just as a captain should play and go ahead for the whole team”.
Denmark coach Ulrik Wilbek: “Our defence was okay, but offensively we did not score enough goals to win the match. Particularly in the second half we made too many fouls, had too penalties against us and played to much time five against six. Congratulations to Serbia for their victory and I hope we will meet again in the tournament”.