The Romanian women’s national handball team has yet again pulled off a nice one at the European Championship underway in France, securing a precious 31-23 win against title holders Norway, in the last match of group D. It was the biggest score difference ever to have been achieved by Romania in a fixture they won against their strong opponents and also the first win against Norway in a final tournament, following an 18-year gap. The team’s top scorer was Cristina Neagu with 11 goals, while keeper Yuliya Dumanska was designated the best player of the match with 14 saves, accounting for 44 per cent of Norway’s attempted shots at goal.
In Group D’s other game, Germany outclassed the Czech Republic, 30-28. Romania is at the top of the table, with 6 points, followed by Germany, with 4, Norway, with 2 points, and the Czech Republic, with zero points on their record sheet. The first three teams have already booked their tickets for the competition’s main group stage. In Group C, Hungary defeated Spain, 32-26, while the Netherlands outperformed Croatia, 34-23.
The team of the Netherlands is at the top of the table in their group, with 6 points, followed by Hungary, with 4, Spain, with 2 points, and Croatia, with zero points on their record sheet. So, Romania and the Netherlands will start main Group II with 4 points each, Hungary and Germany will have 2 points, while Spain and Norway will have zero points. Romania is next pitted against the Netherlands in Nancy, on December 9. The match against Spain is scheduled on December 11, while on December 12 Romania takes on Hungary, in the last fixture of the competition’s main group stage. The semifinals are scheduled on Friday, December 14, in Paris and will be hosted by the Accor Hotels Arena, previously known as The Bercy Omnisports Palace, which will also host the final on December 16.
On Wednesday, two matches were played, counting towards round 18 of the domestic League One Championship. In Medias, in the west, Gaz Metan drew against Viitorul Constanta, 2-all. In Sfantu Gheorghe, the local side Sepsi defeated FCSB, 4-2. We recall that on Tuesday, FC Voluntari secured a 2-nil home win against FC Hermannstandt, while in Bucharest, CFR Cluj defeated Dinamo, 3-nil.
The round’s last fixtures will be played on Thursday, as Dunarea Calarasi face Astra Giurgiu, FC Botosani take on Poli Iasi, while Concordia Chiajna are pitted against Universitatea Craiova. CFR Cluj are still at the top of the tables, with 39 points, followed by FCSB, with 34 points and Viitorul Constanta, with 33 points.