Hungary crushed Slovenia in the first part, and the final result was 29:20 for Hungary.
After they didn’t qualify for the main round, the question was: ‘Is Hungarian willpower crushed?’ But soon after the game started, they reassured us. They didn’t allow Slovenia to score a goal until minute five. Led by Bálint Bence Hungary had a four-point lead after first 10 minutes of the game (7:3). After six-point lead (12:6) Slovenian coach Kanez Klemenčić had to call team time-out. But it didn’t help. The difference kept getting bigger, and by the end of the first half, the result was 18:10 for Hungary.
Poor Slovenian performance, Hungarian defense that was bulletproof and effective Hungarian goalkeepers Kristóf Győri and Pál Merkovszky, all of that resulted in 12-point goal difference six minutes after the second halftime started. That was it for Slovenia. The final result was 29:20 for Hungary. That was an amazing Hungarian performance in front of loyal fans who have been watching every M18 EHF EURO game of their young national team in Varaždin.
Hungary’s best player was Bence Papp, and Slovenia’s was Teo Jezernik.
Top scorer for Hungary was Bence Bálint with eight goals, and for Slovenia, Drobež, Blagotinšek, Jezernik, and Kljun all scored three points.
‘I don’t know what to say. Deserved win for Hungary. We will have a big problem to win the placement for the World Championship’, said Slovenian coach Janez Klemenčić.
‘Hungary were better team straight from the beginning and we ‘forgot’ to play in this game. We will have to do much better in the upcoming matches if we want to claim our spot in the world championship’, said Teo Jezernik from Slovenia.
‘We played much better today, we tried to fight more and we completed our mission to win the game’, said Hungarian coach Gyurka Janos.
‘After devastating result against Russia, we managed to bounce back with style. Nice win for my team, I’m very happy with our performance today’, said Balint Bence from Hungary.
Intermediate round II
Hungary – Slovenia 29:20 (18:10)