Two points are in the pocket! Sweden opened this European Championship with an easy win against Slovenia. From the very beginning, the Swedish team had the advantage. First five-point lead at the 5th minute of the game (2:7), 6 point advantage after the first 19 minutes (7:13). After the first halftime, Sweden had a nice lead, 11:17.
Slovenia couldn’t keep up. The Swedish defense was intense; the offense was even stronger. Slovenia missed four penalty shots. Should they practice them more in the future, or was Swedes goalkeeper Fabian Norsten too good?
Five minutes before the match ended Swedes team had 9 points advantage (18:27), and the final result was 29:21.
For Sweden, Ludvig Hallbäck scored 8, and for Slovenia, Nik Ćirović scored 6 points.
Best players of the game were Ludvig Hallbäck from Sweden and Matic Košec from Slovenia.
‘We had a good game today. We played very good defense and it was easy to score’, said Hallbäck Ludwig from Sweden.
‘We had struggled with the defense in the tournament last week, so I’m glad that we got it right way today. We were well ready for Slovenia, so I’m happy with the win‘, said Sandberg Dennis.
Matic couldn’t find the right words:
‘They have outplayed us on fast breaks from the beginning and the result is what it is.’
‘Today we were very bad in all segments, far away from winning the game against a great team as Sweden. Congrats to Sweden, and we will try to bounce back tomorrow against Poland’, said Slovenian coach Klemenčić Janez.
Group D, Round 1:
Slovenia – Sweden 21:29