The Romanians secured their entry into the semis through a 28:21 win against Sweden, but the match was not walk in the park as the final result might indicate. Actually, Sweden was leading most of the time in the first half. In the second half, however, Romania was the better team and cruised into the semi-final with a seven goal win.
Already before the last match day of the main round the Danish players secured their semi-final berth so their defeat by France in the last round was harmless.
Highly motivated Romanians burned in the desire to reach the final. At the beginning of the match they were too nervous, their defense line was slow and were instantly punished by fast and skilled opponent. After eight minutes Denmark was already five goals ahead (8:3).
As time passes by Romanians became more accurate and after fifteen minutes they were back in the game. Denmark was still in control but they had only two goals advantage (10:8).
After twenty minutes and few unforced mistakes and missed clear shots on both sides Denmark was once again with comfortable advantage (13:8). Mariana Tirca was forced to ask for second timeout because Denmark reach six goals advantage (14:8).
Denmark deserved a lot of compliments for creativity in their attack on this match but it was the defense that was decisive. They kept the distance and finished first half with a 19:14 lead.
After five minutes into the second half and five goals scored by Denmark and only one by Romanians the battle was practically over. Shortly after Denmark raised up to ten goals (25:15) and claimed their spot in the final.
By the end of the game Denmark resisted the attacks of the Romanians and finished the match with a 31:23 win.
Heine Eriksen Head coach of Denmark
“I am very happy we are in the finale. Our defense did a great job on this match. Now we have to face Russia in the final. I expect tough match“.
Cecilie Jensen, Denmark player
“We are all excited. We gonna play in the final. Russia have a strong team and it will be very difficult“,