EURO 2018, women’s handball: Romania defeats Czech Republic 31-28 in first match of Group D
The national women’s handball team of Romania has started with a victory in Group D of EURO 2018 in France, by defeating Czech Republic Saturday evening 31-28 (17-11).
In the first half, Romania made a good game, leading 6-1 and 16-9, with 17-11 at halftime. The biggest goal difference was 8, Romania leading 23-15 in the 39th minute. Then, the Czech players had a comeback to only two goals difference, 28-26. Nevertheless, the Romanian players managed the final minutes to win 31-28.
Romania: Yuliya Dumanska (13 sabves), Denisa Dedu (1) – Laura Chiper (1 goal), Aneta Udriştioiu (3), Melinda Geiger (1), Ana-Maria Dragut (2), Gabriela Perianu, Cristina Laslo, Eliza Buceschi (9), Crina Pintea (5), Raluca Băcăoanu (1), Cristina Neagu (8), Cristina Florică (1), Valentina Ardean Elisei. Coach: Ambros Martin.
Czech Republic: Petra Kudlackova (4 saves), Lucie Satrapova (2) – Jana Knedlikova (4 goals), Sara Kovarova (3), Helena Rysankova, Kristyna Mika (2), Iveta Luzumova (5), Jana Sustakova (3), Dominika Zachova, Marketa Jerabkova (4), Veronika Mala (5), Sarka Marcikova, Petra Adamkova (1), Kamila Kordovska (1), Veronika Mikulaskova. Coach: Jan Basny.
In the other match of Group D, Germany surprisingly defeated Norway 33-32.
Romania will play the next match on December 3 against Germany, at 19.00h Bucharest time, whereas Czech Republic will face Norway at 22.00h.
The first three positions in the group qualify to the main groups.
file photo: Cristina Neagu