The women’s handball national team of Romania was defeated on Sunday by the Netherlands 29-24 (11-10), in Nancy, in the first match counting for the Main Group II of the European Championship.
It was the poorest game of the Romanians so far, the first defeat in this championship.
The first half was balanced. The Netherlands led 3-0, then Romania led only once by 7-6 (17th minute), with the adversaries taking the lead at half time 11-10.
The second half was one in which the Romanian team did not found the pace, with Netherlands leading 15-11 (36th minute) and winning 29-24. The defence failed to block the Dutch attackers, while the offence missed good opportunities due to the tough defence and to goalkeeper Tess Wester, who was named player of the match with 15 saves (42%).
Romania: Yuliya Dumanska (9 saves), Denisa Dedu (4 saves) – Aneta Udriştioiu, Laura Chiper (4 goals), Ana-Maria Dragut (1), Melinda Geiger (1), Cristina Laslo (1), Eliza Buceschi (8), Crina Pintea (3), Raluca Băcăoanu, Gabriela Perianu, Cristina Neagu (4), Cristina Florică, Valentina Ardean Elisei (2). Coach: Ambros Martin (photo).
The Netherlands: Tess Wester (15 saves), Rinka Duijndam – Jessy Kramer (2), Laura van der Heijden, Debbie Bont (6), Lois Abbingh (6), Lynn Knippenborg, Delaila Amega (1), Maura Visser, Nycke Groot (2), Kelly Dulfer (1), Martine Smeets (4), Charris Rozemalen (1), Estavana Polman (5). Coach: Helle Thomsen.
In another match counting for the same group, Hungary defeated Germany 26-25.
In the standings, the Netherlands is first with 6 points from 3 matches, followed by Romania 4 points in 3 matches, Germany 4 points in 4 matches, Hungary 4 points in 4 matches, Norway, 2 points in 3 matches and Spain 0 points in 3 matches.
In the next match on December 11, Romania will face Spain.