Hungary and the Netherlands in the final

19 Jul 2019

The hosts and the Dutch will face in Sunday’s gold medal match at 17:30 CET.

W19 EHF EURO 2019, 11-21 July, Győr, Hungary

13-16th place
SLOVAKIA-SWEDEN 21-32 (9-20)

Slovakia

Zdena Rajnohová, head coach: ‘We seriously have to change our game plan before the next match, if we want to win. We make the same mistakes every single time. We cannot find our rhythm and we get in a ten-goal deficit in a very short time.’

Melani Jagodic: ‘We are very upset and it is hard to say anything at the moment. We have one more game to go and we have to try our best. The team has to work hard in the future, if we want to be competitive.’

Sweden

Harris Niklas, head coach: ‘I think in the first half we played well, we had a good defense and the goalkeeper did a great job. We had a lot of fast breaks as well, but in the second half we made some mistakes in each part of the pitch. We need to fix those errors for the next game.’

Jackie Moreno: ‘We proved today, that we are capable of playing good handball. We were very focused, we fought hard, and I think we deserved this win. However, we need to be faster and stronger both in offense and defense in the next match ‘

PORTUGAL-SLOVENIA 28-25 (14-12)

Portugal

Aldina Silva, head coach: ‘We started the match very well, but we had a lot of technical faults and missed shots later on. But we can be proud of ourselves, as it was a very important game for us and we were able to win it. Concentration is always very important, but we missed that today.’

Eulalia Silva: ‘We were not as good as previously, but we won, which is all that matters. We can keep up with our opponents as it could be seen today. Everyone is happy, because it was a very important victory for us, and for Portugal.‘

Slovenia

Bojan Voglar, head coach: ‘The girls tried their best, but it was not our day. The first eight minutes were really hard for us, as we could not score and the Portugal team dominated the game. We came back to two goals just before the break, but we were unable to play how we wanted to.’

Laura Cerovak: ‘We started unfocused and slowly, we have to work on this. We cannot make these kind of mistakes in the last game, if we want to succeed.’
 
9-12th place
GERMANY-MONTENEGRO 22-13 (10-4)

Germany

Mariella Bohm, head coach: ‘We all knew the importance of this game and I am very proud of the girls for achieving this win. They played extremely well and I am satisfied with the whole performance. We had a very solid defense, which made the difference today. ‘

Maxi Mühlner: ‘Everything is going well for us at the moment, which could be seen from the excellent start we made to the game today. We are on a great way to achieve our goals in the future, and I even think we would deserve even more, because this is a good and motivated team.’

Montenegro

Zoran Jocovic, head coach: ‘We had a bumpy start to the game in the first half, and it was hard to get back to the match from there. Germany’s defense worked really well, which meant that we had to keep more distance, move more without the ball and shoot from long-range.’

Ivana Godec: ‘Not everything is finished. There is one more match tomorrow, we do not know yet who we play against, but we will see soon. The team is going to be ready to play as good as we can.’

AUSTRIA-CROATIA 24-27 (8-11)

Austria

Helfried Müller, head coach:‘We slept in the first half and we had to risk everything to come back in the second period. My team made huge mistakes but we fought hard and saved the match for overtime. I was angry with the supervisor, because he did not let us talk to the referees. Overall, Croatia deserved to win.’

Austria player, 
Nina Neidhart: ‘I missed a penalty in a very important moment. After that we found ourselves in an uncomfortable situation. We tried our best, but Croatia played smarter throughout the overtime and I think we were more tired by the end of the game.’

Croatia

Ivan Jerkovic, head coach: ‘It was a tough game, but we expected that. There were a lot of ups and downs and we tried our best today, but it is not to easy against Austria. Our girls got really exhausted by the end of the match, as it was a very tiring clash. Tomorrow we will have to speak about few important things.’

Lucija Jandrasic: ‘It is always difficult to play against such a great team like Austria. There were periods when we did not perform well, and we have to learn from this. We know that the Germany match will be even tougher. We are very tired at this moment, we surely need some rest, but we will be ready for our last game in this tournament.’

5-8th place
DENMARK-SPAIN 27-23 (10-10)

Denmark

Flemming Larsen, head coach: ‘We did everything well today. It was our first match against Spain, and we had to face the difficulty that they play differently. I am satisfied with the work of the girls, because they adapted well to the game, and they tried to dominate from the beginning. It was a great experience.’

Anna Berger Wierzba: ’We really wanted this win because we were devastated after the defeat against the Russians. I think we did a great job, although we made some mistakes in front of both goals in the first half. I am glad that we could fix these problems and in the second period we could show how great our team is. I think we will have a great chance to win our last game on Sunday.’
Spain

Imanol Alvarez Arruti, head coach: ‘I disappointed, because there were too many mistakes on the pitch. It would have been great to achieve a better place at the end of this tournament, but we did everything we could. We will come to watch the other matches in order to learn from the other teams, and of course we need to have a rest. This is how our preparation looks like at the moment.’

June Loidi Etxaniz: ‘In the first half we could keep up with Denmark because we were much more focused. I do not know what happened in the second period but we could no longer perform at the same level. We missed some open chances and we could not communicate well in our defense. We need to improve in some elements of our game if we want to reach the seventh place.’

ROMANIA-FRANCE 37-27 (22-12)

Romania

Dragos Dobrescu, head coach: ‘Before the tournament we thought, that everyone had the chance for the final victory, but in the end only one of the teams can stand on the top of the podium. We fought for that place, but did not succeed. However, I am not disappointed now, because we are fighting for the fifth place, which would also be a great achievement. I am proud of the girls, as they always give everything. I hope they will do the same for the last time too.’

Oana Stefania Jipa:’We are extremely satisfied with our performance. We built up a ten-goal lead in the first half which was mainly due to our fantastic defense. With this big difference we could be more relaxed and we could play with more freedom. We are eager to beat Denmark on Sunday but we know that it will be a really tough clash.’

France

Eric Baradat, head coach: ‘I do not know, what happened. I did not understand the whole performance of my team today.’

Suzanne Wajoka: ’We tried to do our best but we did not have luck and our performance was terrible as well. After the first few minutes we collapsed and we let them score easy goals. We should perform much better in defense, if we want to end this tournament with a victory.’

Semi-final
HUNGARY-RUSSIA 29-27 (19-12)

Hungary

Vladimir Golovin, head coach: ‘This is a junior European Championship, which includes the risk of lack of self-confidence after an unlucky situation. In the first half we were cooperating and we successfully performed the plan that was discussed: serious defence, fast style, outstanding work from the goalkeepers’  point of view. Sadly, in the second part of the game we lost everything in 10 minutes, when we were not focused enough. The reason of it was not the quality of the defence, but the hurry. On the other hand, I am very happy because of the motivation the players had in the last few minutes. Some of them took the responsibility even in the most critical situation, which makes me proud.’

Lili Mónika Herczeg: ’I think we have improved a lot since last year’s final and that is why we deserved this win. We played a really good first half but in the second period our head was not in the game, and let them come back. Although we had ups and downs, the most important is that we reached in the final. I would like to thank for our fans, they lift us up in the decisive moments.’

Russia

Liubov Sidoricheva, head coach: ‘In my opinion the only difference between the two teams was, that the Hungarians played at home.’

Elena Mikhaylichenko:‘In the first half we did not do well, but we recognized our mistakes and talked about the solution for our problems during the break, which is why our game improved in the second period. The last two minutes decided the clash, as we had a player sent off with two-minute suspension, and it is hard to defend with five players against six. We did not live with the opportunity to play the final, which means that we have to win the bronze-medal match in any case.’

NETHERLANDS-NORWAY 31-29 (16-11)

Netherlands

Monique Tijsterman, head coach: ‘This was a tough game today. We had a better start, but I warned the girls about the strength of the opponent. I was right: we made some mistakes, meanwhile they scored and took the lead. I saw that our players got scared a bit, and the end was very stressful, but they made it. We came here to win, and that is what we will do on Sunday against Hungary.’

Larissa Nüsser: ‘We started good but in the second half we had a quite long period when we were down, which gave the opportunity for Norway to come back. Luckily, we could react well and win this clash. It was a really crazy match and right now we are over the moon. In the final we expect a tough game against the home country, Hungary as we are sure that the atmosphere will be like hell. The communication is going to be hard but we are looking forward to face this challenge.’

Norway

Knut Ove Joa, head coach: ‘We are disappointed now. We started very well, but then we lagged behind, after that we had to come-back again...I think we were always able to fight back, that is why the end was tight. Their defensive strategy caused us some problems, otherwise we did everything correctly.’

Marte Juuhl Svensson:’We were so close. I am utterly disappointed. We wanted this victory so much, but we could not score throughout the final minutes.’

 

 

 

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