By bringing back a second consecutive title at the Women’s Handball Euro, the Norway offered itself the quota for the Paris 2024 Olympic Gamesreserved for the winner.
However, this Sunday November 20 in Slovenia, the Danes led the bronze medalists of Tokyo 2020 for a large part of the match but the last minutes of the match would have been fatal, in particular thanks to the saves of the legend Katrine Lund42 years old, who allowed Norway to win their ninth Euro in thirteen editions.
Led 15-12 at the break, the Norwegians were able to take advantage of a Danish low period of nearly eight minutes, during which none but were conceded. It allowed them to pick up the game’s dreams with six minutes to go.
The right rear Nora Morck was also decisive, with eight goals from nine attempts. She finished as the tournament’s top scorer, with 50 goals and 78.1% efficiency.
Olympic champion at Beijing 2008 and London 2012Norway will try to get back on the top step of the Games podium in less than two years, after two bronze medals at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
France miss bronze
The French Olympic champions did not manage to leave the Euro with a medal around their neck, unlike the last three editions (bronze in 2016, or in 2018 and silver in 2020). Beaten in the semi-finals against Norway (20-28), the players ofOlivier Krumbholz suffered a second consecutive loss against Montenegro (25-27 aet) in the match for the bronze medal.
If Les Bleues had won their first opposition against Montenegro in the main round, they never managed to take a significant advantage in the match for third place. Led a few seconds from the end of regulation time, France equalized at 22-22 after a penalty converted from Grace Zaadi but was unable to regain control during the ten minutes that were followed.
“In this match, we never dominated and then dominated again,” reacted the coach about the last meeting in comments relayed by the team. “We were able to hold on to afford extra time but no more. I also think that technical shortcomings put us in the hard mentally. At the price of fairly easy things. »
One year from the World Cup, which will take place in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden), it retains however the positive and targets the sector to work on.
“You have to keep working, tell yourself that you have to be better, more stable. I remember that some girls were good anyway. »
As host country, the French handball team has an automatic quota for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
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