Men’s handball, EURO 2018 qualifiers: Romania, defeated by Serbia in the last second
Romania’s handball men’s team was defeated by Serbia 23-22 (13-9) on Thursday, in Baia Mare, in Group 2 of the EURO 2018 qualifiers, the winning goal being scored in the last second by Petar Nenadic.
Romania, coached by Xavi Pascual, led in the first half by 4-3 and 7-5, but lost the lead due to two consecutive eliminations. In 21st minute part of the lights broke down and the match was interrupted for fifteen minutes. The malfunction was repaired and the match resumed, however the guests took the lead at halftime 13-9.
Serbia led the second half until the 56th minute, when Ghionea equalised 22-22. Serbia had the last attack and scored in the last second.
Romania: Mihai Popescu, Ionuț Iancu — Georgică Cîntec, Marius Mocanu (3 goals), Demis Grigoraș (3), Valentin Ghionea (8), Dan Racoțea (2), Marius Sadoveac (2), Alexandru Csepreghi, Radu Lazăr (1), Javier Humet Gaminde, Cristian Fenici, Chike Osita Onyejekwe (3), Dan Andrei Savenco, Răzvan Pavel. Coach: Xavier Pascual Fuertes.
Serbia: Strahinja Milic, Vladimir Cupara — Zarko Sesum (1), Darko Djukic (4), Petar Nenadic (7), Dobrivoje Markovic (2), Petar Djordjic (4), Rastko Stojkovic (1), Nemanja Ilic (1), Nemanja Zelenovic (2), Dalibor Cutura, Rajko Prodanovic, Ilija Abutovic, Drasko Nenadic, Mijajlo Marsenic, Marko Vujin (1). Coach: Jovica Cvetkovic.
Standings in Group 2: Belarus – 4 points, Serbia, 4, Romania – 4, Poland – 0. The teams on the first two positions and the best positioned third place qualify to the European Championship in Croatia in January 2018.
The return match between Serbia and Romania will take place on May 7 at Kragujevac (21.00h).