Clash between teams of France and Portugal was W17 EHF EURO opening match in “Boris Trajkovski” sports hall. Thеse teams are not listed as top favorites at this moment, but surely have potential to make their way to Top 10 on this championship and earn place for the next World Championship.
France took early control and had goal or two advantage during first quarter of the match. Portugal was always close and pretty successful in finding ways to get back in the game in first 20 minutes of the match.
Than, Constance Mauny from counter attack scored for 12:9, Jannela Blonbou added one more and France had big four goals lead. That put some pressure on Portuguese team and they lost they ground. In last five minutes of the first half France was dominant and their advantage went up to seven goals (19:12).
Goalkeeper Ana Maria Ursu and better performance of the defense line bring some hope for the Portuguese team at the beginning of the second half. After seven minutes France was still without goal and their advantage was only 3 goals (20:17). But Portuguese team made too many mistakes and when France finally woke up there was no more coming back. After 45 minutes of play France had 26:19 and five minutes later France for the first time had a 10 goals advantage (30:20).
With almost all questions answered, last ten minutes were routine. Finally France won the match with 35:24 and gain first points.
Christophe Caillabet, head coach of France
“I am satisfied. It’s always hard at the beginning of the tournament. It was very important for girls to start with victory and gain more self confidence“.