Norway brings the Warriors to their knees, who will fight for bronze

December 17, 2021

  • The losses of the ball, the efficiency under sticks and the scoring recital of Mork knock down Spain in Granollers

  • “The duel lasts two minutes; on Sunday we have another ‘final'”, Silvia Navarro harangue

Spain will fight for him bronze on Sunday (2.30pm TDP) against Denmark at Handball Women’s World Cup. Despite the heat of the public of Granollers, Norway This Friday has been a rival too great for the Warriors in semifinals (27-21). Based on claw, Spain arrived with a tie at halftime, but succumbed in the second half (without stopping fighting) against the current European champion and, above all, against Nora Mork, what with 8 goals avenged the defeat two years ago at the World Cup in Japan.

The Vipers side Krisiansand was not in that impressive Spanish victory in Kumamoto – and neither was the goalkeeper Katrine Lunde, another key to the semifinal with 13 stops-, due to a complicated knee that has made him undergo surgery 9 times. His tenacity this Friday earned him a pass to the final (the eighth of his team, which already has 30 international medals) against France. The Olympic champion went back to Denmark, before which the Warriors will try to go down a single step, from silver to bronze.

“Two minutes of mourning”

Turnovers have condemned usAgainst Norway it was necessary to make a perfect match “, valued Silvia Navarro, the captain.” But We have two minutes of duel, on Sunday we have another final“, he added.” We have failed a lot face to door, and they kill you on the backlash, “he reflected. Silvia Arderius.

The defense of Spain, capital on the immaculate path that had led the national team to the semifinals, should be key to having options and starting the captain, Carmen Martin, was in charge of marking the line for both the Norwegians and their companions. Spain managed to contain the Scandinavians at the start (3-3), but then had a bad time due to a confluence of factors: many losses, little fluidity in attack, some questionable referee decision and a point of bad luck with a shot at the stick. “We have been doing nothing for five attacks, we have to be more courageous,” he claimed. José Ignacio Prades after stopping the game with 7-3.

Rise to rest

Arderius led that outburst of bravery to prevent the advantage from going too high. Against Germany they have already traced back four goals, and against the almighty Norway they dreamed of doing so. Shandy Barbosa emerged next to Paula Arcos (key in the advance to change the dynamics of the game) to achieve an emotional injection in the last seconds of the first half: the defense of the last Norwegian attack ended in a steal and in the draw on the counterattack of Jennifer Gutierrez (11-11), which blew up the Palau d’Esports de Granollers.

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But in the second half they kept coming Turnovers (up to 16), and Norway punished them extremely, as the 7 of 7 by Kari Brattset Dale. After each loss, after each missed shot, even after conceding a goal came a counterattack and a Norwegian goal. Soon the Scandinavians were 21-16 that turned the final into a chimera. The medal, however, is still possible.

Norway, 27 – Spain, 21

Norway (11 + 16): Katrine Lunde (Silje Solberg ps), Sanna Solberg-Isaksen (3), Veronica Kristiansen (3), Stine Oftedal (1), Nora Mörk (8, 3p), Kari Brattset (7) and Malin Aune-siete inicial-; Henry Reistad (3), Emilie Arntzen, Vilde Ingstad, Moa Hoghdahl, Marit Jacobsen (1), Camilla Herrem, Kristine Breistol and Maren Aardahl (1).

Spain (11 + 10): Silvia Navarro (Merche Castellanos), Carmen Martín (2), Carmen Campos (1), Almudena Rodríguez, Kaba Gassama, Alexandrina Barbosa (5) and Jennifer Gutiérrez (3.1p) -starting seven-; Silvia Arderius (1), Eli Cesáreo (2) Irene Espínola, Paula Arcos (3), Maitane Etxeberría (1), Soledad López (1), Alícia Fernández (1) and Ainhoa ​​Hernández (1).

Referees: Tanja Kuttler and Maike Merz (German). Exclusions to Herrem, Brattset and Aardahl for Norway and Cesáreo and Arderius for Spain.

Partial: 1-1, 3-3, 6-3, 7-5, 9-7, 11-11 (rest-; 14-12, 16-14, 19-16, 22-16, 24-17 and 27-21 (final).

Court: Granollers Sports Palace in front of 3000 spectators.