Germany fought a well deserved victory over Romania in group B (30-27), managing to put behind the loss from Russia from yesterday, and put a great show this afternoon in “Jane Sandanski” sports hall.
Germanay was the better team at the beginning of the match, creating a two goal lead (4-2, 5-3) in the opening minutes. German goalkeeper Ruhter was in great form, saving three clear shots, helping her team build a three goal lead (8-5), prompting the Romanian coach to take a timeout. Romania pulled one goal back (10-8), but minutes later the Germans took over once again, with Souza scoring three goals in a row for a 14-9 lead and a new Romanian timeout. That didn’t bring too many changes in the game, with Germans going to halftime break with a six goal lead (16-10).
Germany started the second half in a perfect way, scoring a penalty with a two minute suspension for a player from the Romanian team. This helped the Germans to build a big, 10 goal advantage (22-12) after just for minutes of ply in the second half. Romania finally played some good minutes in the game, scoring three times in a row, but then Souza took over again for the Germans with two quick goals (24-16).
The rest of the match was just a formality for the great German team, even though the Romanians managed to cut the lead to just three goals (30-27).
Frank Hamann (Coach Germany)
I am satisfied we are back in the game. We played good defense, specially in the first half. But our job is not done yet. We have to think about Spain. They did very good job against Russia today and we have to be prepared for them.
Mariana Tirca (Coach Romania)
It was a good overall performance from the German team. They caused us many problems, we didn’t start the match well and couldn’t get into rhytm later on in the game. I expect much better performance from my team in the next match.