Women’s handball: Romania defeats Austria to qualify to European Championship

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Romania’s women’s handball team has qualified on Thursday to the European Championship 2018 after defeating Austria 28-25 (13-11) in Innsbruck, a match counting for the 4th qualifying group.

Romania cannot miss the first two positions in the group which grant access to the final tournament in France. Romania is to play for the 12th time at the European Championships.

Romania won the match after lots of anxiety, although it led most of the match, but failing to have a decisive goal difference.

Romania missed five 7 metres penalties, Austria only three.

Melinda Geiger was eliminated, with red card, in the 48th minute for hitting the Austrian team’s goalkeeper with the ball in the face.

Romania was led 5-3 and 8-7 (14th min and 19th min), then led by 10-8 (26th min) to lead 13-11 at half time.

In the second half, Romania led by four goals 15-11 (32ns min), then 23-19 (46th min). However, Austria managed to level the score in the 55th minute, 24-24. In a thrilling last part of the match, Romania succeeded to score four goals against one and won 28-25.

Romania scorers: Eliza Buceschi 8 goals, Cristina Neagu 7, Melinda Geiger 4, Valentina Ardean-Elisei 3, Crina Pintea 2, Laura Chiper 1, Laura Pristaviţă 1, Laura Popa 1, Raluca Băcăoanu 1.

Austria scorers: Beate Scheffknecht 9 goals, Sonja Frey 5, Mirela Dedic 3, Josefine Huber 2, Tamara Boesch 2, Johanna Schindler 2, Romana Gerisch 1, Julia Feierle 1.

Standings: 1. Romania – 8 points, 2. Russia – 6 points, 3. Austria – 6 points, 4. Portugal – 0 points.

On June 3 the last matches of the group are to be played: Russia vs. Austria and Romania vs. Portugal.

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