The Romanian women’s national handball team spectacularly beat the Spanish team, with a score of 28-27 (12-11), on Friday evening in Skopje, in their first match in the main Group 2 of the Championship Europe – EHF EURO 2022, hosted by Slovenia, North Macedonia and Montenegro.
Romania controlled the game for three quarters of the time, then at one point it looked like the game was skidding, being down two goals, but came back at the end and won with a goal scored in the last second by Bianca Bazaliu.
See the video of the goal, HERE.
Spain played the whole match with an advanced and aggressive defense, which made the Romanian team very uncomfortable, having to find individual solutions on several occasions.
The Habs led several times in the first half with three goals, wasting a few chances to escape with four goals. At 12-9 (min. 28) Ostase was dismissed for throwing the ball past the goalkeeper and the Iberians managed to score twice before the break so that halfway through the game Romania had still a goal ahead, 12-11.
On returning from the locker room, the team coached by Florentina Pera escaped for a short time with three goals, 15-12 (36), but Spain came back and equalized, 15-15 (39). In min. 44, Spain led for the first time, 20-19, and in min. 54 had 25-23 on the board. Buceschi scored twice, Hosu defended a 7-yard throw, executed by Jennifer Gutierrez (CS Rapid Bucharest), and Pintea put Romania ahead 26-25. Arcos Poveda equalized, Grozav made it 27-26, but Arrojeria Arantzazi scored with nine seconds remaining, but Bianca Bazaliu brought victory to the French with a “rocket” from 14-15 meters, in the last second.
For Romania, Crina Pintea scored 7 goals, Eliza Buceschi 6, Cristina Neagu 5, Sorina Grozav 4, Bianca Bazaliu 3, Alexandra Badea 2, Laura Pristăviţa 1.
Daciana Hosu defended 6 shots (33.33%), Yuliya Dumanska defended 2 (20%) and Diana Ciucă one shot (12.50%).
Golurile echipei Spaniei in the first contest of Jennifer Gutierrez Bermejo 4, Lara Gonzalez Ortega 4, Kaba Gassama Cissokho 3, Lysa Tchaptchet Defo 3, Paula Arcos Poveda 3, Esther Arrojeria Arantzazistroke 2, Maitane Echeverria Martinez 2, Soledad Lopez Jimenez 2, Carmen Campos Costa 1, Silvia Arderius Martin 1, Almudena Rodriguez Rodriguez 1, Paula Valdivia Monserrat 1.
Nicole Wiggins Sancho finished with 8 saves (30.77%) and Maddi Aalla Rotaetxe saved 2 balls (16.67%).
The match was refereed by Slovenians Ozren Backovic and Mirko Palackovic, and the EHF delegates were Serbian Tatjana Medved and Norwegian Oeyvind Togstad.
In the other match of the group, Germany managed to defeat the Netherlands with the score of 36-28 (17-13). Alina Grijseels scored 8 goals for the winners, Johanna Stockschlader managed 7, Maike Schirmer 5, Emily Boelk 4, Julia Maidhof 4. Antje Angela Malestein 8 goals, Laura van der Heijden 5, Bo van Wetering 5 stood out for the defeat , Nikita van der Vliet 5, according to Agerpres.
1. France 4 points – 2 games (+16)
2. Montenegro 4 p – 2 d (+11)
3. Germany 2 p – 3 d (+2)
4. Spain 2 p – 3 d (-6)
5. Netherlands 2 p – 3 d (-9)
6. Romania 2 p – 3 d (-14)
The France-Montenegro and Holland-Spain matches take place on Sunday, and the France-Germany and Romania-Montenegro matches are scheduled for Tuesday. The last matches will take place on Wednesday, France – Spain, Holland – Montenegro and Romania – Germany.
The first two places in the main groups qualify for the semi-finals, and the third-placed teams will play for positions 5-6.
Editor: Liviu Cojan