Powerful Norway ended Group with +40 goal difference

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsNorway have packed four points for the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 Main Round. With goal difference +40, team of Thorir Hergeirsson is definitely the best so far in tournament in Kolding and Herning.Romania – Norway 20-28 (13-13)Romania: Lorena Ostase 6, Eliza Buceschi 4, Cristina Neagu 4, Laura Popa 3, Cristina Laslo 2, Ana Iuganu 1.Norway: Camilla Herrem 6, Kari Dale 5, Stine Oftedal 5, Nora Mork 4, Malin Aune 3, Veronica Kristiansen 2, Heidi Loke 1, Stine Skogrand 1, Henny Reistad 1.Germany previously played 21:21 against Poland to secure two points in the Main Round.The Polish girls are the last in Group D and for them competition is over.STANDING:Norway 6 (4 points in MR) Germany 3 (2 points in MR)Romania 2 (0 points)Poland 1Mandatory Credit © Stanko Gruden / kolektiff Click to comment Related Items: ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Belgium … frites

first_imgBelgium the Football Team is like Belgium the Country: the whole is less — monumentally less — than the sum of its parts.In the liveliest game of the tournament to date, Italy, ranked 12th in the world by FIFA, gave Belgium such a consummate lesson in pragmatic, polished football that Marc Wilmots’ men will have wondered where their own 2nd place FIFA ranking came from. Italy scored once more in the 92nd minute, Graziano Pelle punishing the Belgians as a schoolmaster would an errant lad. A break on the counter, a defense caught off guard, a hapless keeper — and a murderous goal.This Italian side looks seriously good. I’m sticking my neck out on only the fourth day of a very long tournament to say: They will win Euro 2016.Additional reporting by Satya Varadarajan. Also On POLITICO THE LINESMAN Why are the English being hooligans again? By Tunku Varadarajan The Linesman The POLITICO (football) 24 By Tunku Varadarajan and Satya Varadarajan The Linesman Beautiful game’s harsh politics By Tunku Varadarajan In truth, these are preposterous numbers, especially when it comes to big match temperament. Belgium were schooled, and schooled thrillingly. It was Italian nous versus Belgian naivety.Before the match, this spectator’s heart was with Wilmots’ side: On paper it is a beguiling collection of players, boasting skill, vigor, speed and no small amount of exoticism. Italy isn’t even at full strength for Euro 2016, missing some key players due to injury. But none of that mattered on a combative night in Lyon.When we speak of the “BBC” in football today, we refer to “Bale, Benzema and Cristiano,” Real Madrid’s incisive forward line. After tonight, I’m inclined to say the letters stand for “Barzagli, Bonucci and Chielini,” Italy’s back line. Together, they nullified the big, strong menace of Romelo Lukaku, Belgium’s center-forward, suffocating him so completely that you’d think he’d been tied up and duct-taped.Eden Hazard, Belgium’s captain, was described as “anonymous” by the commentators: but that was a state thrust upon him by the Italians. They simply snuffed him out in the first half. Only Radja Nainggolan — the man with a Sumatran Batak father and an execrable haircut — was sharp; and only Kevin De Bruyne managed a degree of freedom.Italy’s first goal come in the 32nd minute, and was a moment of cerebral, geometric beauty. Leonardo Bonucci delivered a long pass from behind his own 25-yard line all the way up the field to Emanuele Giaccherini, unmarked, deep in Belgian territory. He tamed the ball, swivelled and shot, leaving Thibaut Courtois — the Belgian goalkeeper who looks like a young Charles de Gaulle — without a chance.Belgium were infinitely better after the break, clearly mortified by their own first-half lassitude. But the Italians gave them so very little: an Italian, they say, is the most generous man in the world … except on a football field. We had long stretches of what the old-fashioned commentators would call end-to-end stuff, yet the Belgians stayed at nil. With minutes to go, Divock Origi, on for the dispiriting Lukaku, had the perfect chance to score an equalizer. But he failed to put head to ball within feet of the Italian net.last_img read more

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