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France take 7the place at M18 EHF EURO

France won against Serbia with a 16-goal difference.

The last day of the Championship France and Serbia played for 7th and 8th place. From the start, France was more dominant. they gained an early lead and after first 10 minutes, Serbia was two-point behind. Because of suspensions, France played without Yanis Adebigni and Thibaut Thellier they still managed to increase their advantage and gain their first three-point lead. The gap was slowly increasing and by the end of the first halftime, Franc had a seven-goal advantage. It was  19:12 after the first 30 minutes.

This was a training match for France. 15 minutes into the second halftime and Gautier Crepel scored for a 14-point lead (28:14). Drevy Paschal was especially efficient with 13 scored goal during the match.  The final result was 39-23. Although this was a hard defeat for Serbia, both teams qualified for the World Championship.

Drevy Paschal was the best player of the national team of France, and Stefan Petrić was the best player of the national team of Serbia. Both of them were top scorers: Paschal scored 13 goals for his national team, and Petrić five.

Serbia coach Aleksandar Radosavljević: ‘I gave a chance to everyone today. We had a lot of injury problems with Nikolic, Jeremic and some other players. Simply, we couldn’t find the right solutions during the match. The match was a good experience, especially for players who didn’t play in the tournament so far. Cirovic also got a red card in the last match. We finished in the Top 8 which was our main goal, and in that regards, I can say I’m happy. We secured a place at the World Championship and the next step is to prepare well for that.’
France coach Eric Quintin: ‘An easy win for us, but we didn’t know that in the beginning. Everybody is tired at the end of the championship and I’m very proud of the energy my boys have been able to give. Our idea is to improve with each game, mentally and technically. Today, they have done the job. Maybe the second half of the championship was better, we played well versus Denmark. Spain and Croatia were just better than us. 7 is a good number!’
France player Drevy Paschal: ‘I think we played like a real team. All the goals resulted from that, my teammates were able to find me in good situations, especially in counter-attacks. The start of the competition was difficult, but we were able to finish it with a victory. It is definitely a good accomplishment and overall I am happy. ‘
Serbia player Stefan Petrić: ‘It looks like we were happy to finish 8th and just a place in this phase. In this game, our concentration wasn’t on a good level, we couldn’t lift ourselves and it finished with a result like this. We could have better in the end, but I’m happy with the tournament overall. We are happy to be here and that we have qualified in the next round.’
Placement match 7 – 8
France – Serbia 32:23 (19:12)

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