Day 3: the preliminary round ends on Sunday

14 Jul 2019

Results and quotes of the third day of the W19 EHF EURO 2019.

W19 EHF EURO 2019, 11-21 July, Győr, Hungary
3rd round:

Group A:

FRANCE–RUSSIA 24–30 (14–17 )

France

Eric Baradat, head coach: ‘The russian team is one of the greatest of this tournament. It was difficult to play against them, but we were not that far from them as the difference shows. Of course, a win would have been better, but our team did, what they could.’

Suzanne Wajoka: ‘Although I knew in the last minutes that we are going to lose, I was smiling, because it was great to play. Now that the match is over, I realised,it is over and there is nothing I can do in order to turn the final result. I was tired at the end but I wish we had more time on the pitch, so maybe we could have had a chance. I am not disappointed because we did everything, of course, with some mistakes as always. I think it is always difficult to go on after losing, but it is handball, there is no time for this. We need to discuss what went wrong or right and then we can focus on the next match.’

Russia

Liubov Sidoricheva, head coach:‘It was our first serious match on this tournament. We were a bit afraid that it will be very hard for us to win. Fortunately, we were confident in everything we did, and at the end it could be seen as an easy victory, but we did not feel it during the match.’

Anna Vereschak:‘We are very happy with this victory. We were well prepared and we were able to play our game during the whole match. However, we have to follow like this to reach the semifinals, where anything can happen. All teams have great power, so it will not be easy.’

SLOVAKIA-SLOVENIA 26-24 (12-12)

Slovakia
Zdena Rajnohovo, head coach: ‘It was really hard to achieve this victory. We needed these two points very much after the match against Russia. The decisive part was that we could score many fast break goals. We hope that we can maintain this performance throughout the next matches.’

Edina Pastorekova: ’Finally we could manage to win a game so we are very happy and we are very proud of ourselves. The atmosphere was frenetic, it was pure joy playing in the pitch. This win reloaded our energy reserves so we are confident before the Intermediate Round.’
 
Slovenia

Jernej Ranath, head coach: ‘We are very disappointed with the result. Slovakia is on the same level as we are, so we prepared for a tough match but we wanted to win so much. Our biggest problem was that we were not confident enough in the key moments.’

Laura Cerovak: ’We  were out of energy so we could not keep the pace of Slovakia at the end. We are so thankful for our fans for creating a fantastic atmosphere. After the three loss we are really determined to win a game so this will be our main goal in the Intermediate  Round.’

Group B:
GERMANY–DENMARK 25-33 (7-17)

Germany

Marielle Bohm, head coach: 'In the first half it was like we were not there mentally, but in the second part we could execute the tactics we have spoken about. The girls fought until the end of the game but it was a very difficult one. The thing is that our opponents are much stronger individually, which was the biggest difference today.'

Dana Bleckmann: 'I hardly could score a goal today. It was an unbelievably difficult match, as our opponent had a very strong offense and defens. We could not attack the way we wanted. On one hand I am happy because everybody fought until the end, even though it was predictible after a while that we are not going to be able to win this game. On the other hand, nobody likes to lose.'

Denmark

Flemming Larsen, head coach: ‘It was not an easy game for us because we had to be focused all the time, and we had an excellent goalkeeper which helped us a lot, our goalkeeper’ performance was key today. During half-time we talked it through that some things have to be changed. For example, we should have had faster attacks, so we worked on that in the second half. It is helped a lot to improve our game. Now this is the end of the group stage and I am satisfied with my team’s performance. We will play against two very strong teams, Russia and France. But we will go for it.’

Louise Bak Jensen:‘It was a hard game, because the German players were bigger and faster than us, so we needed a very good performance this day to be victorious at the end. We are happy, but we will play two very hard games in the Main Round, so we will need to shoow even more.’

NETHERLANDS–CROATIA 30-23 (19-11)

Netherlands

Monique Tijsterman, head coach:‘Everything is okay with us. Today I felt that the girls are tired, but I am not telling that it is a problem because playing in this level is very difficult. I think we made a fresh start today, but with a bit less focus. Although we have a strict schedule here, we can keep up with our opponents as it could be seen today. I am happy, no more words needed, because we are on a great way to achieve our goal.’

Sarah Johanna Decker:‘We were not as good as previously, but we won, which is the matter. Sadly, we could not play with all of our energy because I have the feeling that we are out of it. Firstly, we need to get over it in order to be better next time. We won, so I am happy, we played a great match today, only the last few minutes were critical, when I felt that we are falling apart. Otherwise, everything is doing great here, we catched the rhythm of this tournament and I hope we can go further on like this.’

Croatia

Ivan Jerkovic, head coach:‘In this match our opponent had a very good attack, and they were faster than us, but we knew that they are a better team. This group was very hard for us because Denmark and Germany are also very strong and well prepared. Now we are looking for a new chance in a new group.’

Ema Guskic:‘We had very tough matches in this group. I think all the teams were better than us. It was a very hard challenge for us, but in the Intermediate Round we will be in an easier group, so maybe we will achieve more points than we did now.’

Group C:

HUNGARY–SPAIN 33-23 (18–11 )

Hungary

Golovin Vladimir, head coach: ‘We had to work a lot on this match. There were a lot of fast pace changes in this game and I am glad that the girls were able to execute it. The next two matches will be even harder and I am happy that we are more confident and better match by match, but our defense still needs to be polished. In the following matches, we expect that we will meet teams that run a lot and they will play a higher level of handball than our previous opponents in our current group. Tomorrow we will try to prepare for the next matches. First we go to the gym, but then we will analyze our next opponents and prepare our tactics ‘

Lili Monika Herczeg:‘The day off was well needed to prepare properly for today’s match and I think the result shows how good job we did yesterday. At the half time, the goalkeeping coach told me some important suggestions and I could also read their shots. I am happy with this big victory at the end of the Group Stage but we know that the toughest games are still ahead.’

Spain

Imanol Alvarez Arruti. head coach:‘I am not really satisfied with my team’s performance today because we did not play our level, like we did before. The Hungarian team suffocated us today. We scored a goal and in return we got a goal in just some seconds. They were so much better than us, so Hungary really deserved this win.’

Paula Arcos Poveda:‘First of all, we have to accept this defeat as soon as possible. Now we will concentrate on the next match of our group between Montenegro and Austria as that one will decide whether we will go to the Main Round or to the Intermediate Round. However, we have to forget about today’s game so that we can continue with a great performance. I think something was missing today from our game and from the whole team which we have had before.’

MONTENEGRO-AUSTRIA 18-23 (8-14)

Montenegro

Suzana Lazovic, head coach: ’We committed a lot of mistakes today and I think this was our weakest performance in this tournament so far. Austria has a very good generation,
so it is no surprise that they have defeated us, but we need to do much more and better if we want to achieve something in this sport.

Ivana Godec: ‘I do not understand what happened. We are better than this. So we really need time now to rest. We played with so many mistakes. I am really sad, the Austrian team deserved this victory.’

Austria

Helfried Müller, head coach: ‘We proved today, that we can play handball. After the first match I was a bit angry and I had negative feelings, but today everything changed. I saw the willingness, the result of our hard work. I think this is what we are capable of. We will have two difficult matches, and I hope, we can do the same then as we did today. The girls worked together, we were great in defense, all these are positive things. We got a bit of a motivation for next time.’

Lilly Fehringer: ‘I was waiting for this feeling. The taste of winning is very great. I am so happy, we are happy all together. We were lucky today, we did not miss out on too much chances which is reflected by the result. And now I head to the girls to celebrate our great performance.’

Group D:
NORWAY–ROMANIA 30-25 (15-13)

Norway

Knut Ove Joa, head coach: ‘Romania is a powerful team, so it was not a surprise that we had a tight match against them, especially in the one-on-one situations. We had many difficulties during the match, but we were well prepared and in the end we could grab the victory.’

Live Rushfeldt Deila: ’It was a tough match until we figured out how to break through their defense. We were very focused and we fought hard and I think we deserved the top position in our group. In the Main Round we expect tough matches but we are confident and ready for the challenge.’

Romania

Dragos Dobrescu, head coach: ‘This game was the toughest one in our group, so this result is completely acceptable. The Norwegian team played better today, my team made many mistakes both in offense and defense. Anyway, we have the second place in our group so we cannot be unsatisfied.’

Andreea Cristina Popa: ’I think we did our best but it was not our day. Maybe we were a little bit tired, we slowed down at the end of the match. Norway is one of the best teams in Europe, they made it obvious today. We can still be happy because we managed to reach the Main Round.’

SWEDEN–PORTUGAL 19-24 (8-8)

Sweden

Niklas Harris, head coach:‘The first half was very good, but the first ten minutes at the beginning of the second half was decisive. We could not score goals and our defense worked on lower intensity. From that moment, we had no chance to win this game.’

Isabelle Andersson:’We will not win any of our games if we cannot score more goals. In the first half our performance was promising but in the second period we could not keep up with them. We need to be faster and stronger both in defense and offense in the Intermediate Round.’

Portugal

Aldina Silva, head coach: ‘The first half was very tight. We had problems in our offense, because my players were very nervous. However, our goalkeeper could make a difference, she earned it to be the best player of the match. From the beginning of the preparation, I told the girls that it is impossible to win individually. This match showed us that it is not enough to have good players, you also need a team to make a difference.’

Luisa Cortes:’I was very confident in the goal and I am very glad that I could help the girls with my performance. We can be very proud of ourselves, this win means a lot for us. After this match we are stronger and we are looking forward to play in the Intermediate Round.’

 

 

 

 

 

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