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Hungary beat Portugal in a tough match

In the last match of the day in Koprivnica, Hungary was better than Potugal.

Miguel Neves brought a lead for Portugal, but Alex Bognar scored for a first tie. The first ten minutes were packed with fast action on both sides of the court (6:6). Fast breaks, stolen balls and precise shots from the seven-meter line resulted in an exchange of the lead. Despite János Gyurka’s team controlling the rhythm of the game most of the first half, Portugal’s two-goal series brought them a lead (9:11) seven minutes before the end of the first 30 minutes. Hungary got back on track very quickly, scoring two goals and equalising (12:12). Despite it being an exciting half time, by the final whistle, none of the teams scored a new goal.

Bognar and Péter Tóth put Hungary up by two at the beginning of the second half, but Tiago Sousa and Joel Ribeiro quickly returned the favour. While Portugal made some mistakes and lost opportunities to score, Hungary steadily kept the lead until the 43th minute when Martim Costa scored a penalty (16:16). A tough fight in the second half, accurate shots and a great support by the goalkeeper Kristóf Győri brought Hungarian team, loudly supported throughout the whole match, took a win against Portugal (24:22).

Hungary’s best player was Kristóf Győri and Portugal’s was Salvador Salvador.

Top scorer for the winners was Bence Bálint scoring seven and Salvador Salvador scored five for Portugal.

Hungary player, Kristof Gyori: In the beginning, the match was not easy. That situation is never easy, but in the end, we managed to score more goals, our defense was good. In the second half, we were a team and that’s why we won today.

Hungary coach, Gyurka Janos: First of all, Portugal was amazing today, they are a very good team and they have an amazing atmosphere. Fighting, focus were a tactic for the win today. Everybody could see our defense was great, it was the most important thing today. Our goalkeeper was amazing today, so he deserved the award for best player.

Portugal player, Salvador Salvador: It was a pretty intense game, we didn’t do good. Tomorrow we have to play better because we are better than this.

Portugal coach,  Joao Varejao: It was a tough game with two great teams. We played very well in the defense, but I think that the goalkeeper of Hungary played an amazing game. We played well, but unfortunately, Hungary managed to win. We will fight tomorrow.


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