In the second match of Group B in Koprivnica Denmark beat Romania.
Romania’s Mark Daniel Bodor opened the match scoring the first goal against Denmark. His team started strong and used every opportunity in the first minutes to build a lead. In the first 15 minutes, both sides created chances to score, but towards the end of the first half both Denmark’s and Romania’s goalkeepers had some key saves and made the opponent’s job harder. Denmark entered the last ten minutes weakened for two players and even though Romania took every opportunity to score and tie, Denmark’s side, lead by Jeppe Cieslak, had the lead until the very end of the first half (13:12).
After the first two fast goals on both sides at the beginning, Romania took the lead thanks to Daniel Pop. Soon Denmark tied (16:16) and thanks to Oskar Rasmussen took back the lead. It didn’t last long as Romania’s Mihai Bogdan Dobra scored for a new tie (17:17). Last minutes of the match saw exciting actions, goals on an empty goal and saved penalty as well as an eruption of joy on Denmark’s bench when they took their first points at M18 EHF EURO 2018 (24:22).
Denmark’s best player were Magnus Haubro and Romania’s was Andrei Laraz.
Top scorer on the winning side were Oskar V. Rasmussen and Jeppe M. Cieslak with four goals each and on Romania’s side, Catalin Braescu scored five goals.
Denmark coach, Mads Hjortshoj: Romania played a very aggressive style of handball, they had long attacks and made things difficult for us. We definitely have to improve later in the tournament, but it will be easier now that we are used to playing in such conditions here. We won two points, and of course that means I am happy with the performance.
Denmark player, Magnus Haubro: We made some technical errors throughout the match, and we cannot be happy with that part. However, we played much better in the last 10 minutes, than we did in the first half. I am definitely glad that we won two points, winning the best player of the match award is just a bonus.
Romania coach, Giralt Alberich Jordi: We played well, but could have played better. France only won by one goal, and we are hoping that all teams remain close, and I believe we still have a chance to go through. There are a couple of things we want to do better as the tournament progresses.
Romania goalkeeper Andrei Dan Laraz: Some elements of our game today were bad, our offense especially. We weren’t good enough in the key moments of the match. Our defense today was good, and we can be happy with that.
Group B, Round 1:
Denmark – Romania 24:22 (13:12)