Russia claimed the second win of the Championship in Skopje after winning against Spain with a big twelve goal margin (34-22) . Spanish players played well in the first half, but the second 30 minutes went on in Russian dominance, with the favourite claiming an expected victory.
Russian players started the match in much better mood, dominating the first ten minutes in which they controlled the result. Spanish coach took a timeout in 16. minute after an 11-8 opponent lead and his team started playing much better handball, scoring three goals in a row and drawing the result (11-11). Russia had big troubles in defence, so after the suspension of Sinitsyna, Spain scored two more goals and took a two goal lead (15-13) with six minutes to go in the first half. Sabirova ended the spanish streak with a penalty goal, giving her team the much needed confidence, so the first half ended with a 16-16 draw.
Russia was the better team at the start of the sdecond half, creating a two-goal lead discpite the suspension of Tazhenova (19-17). Russians played much better defense after the break, which helped them to build a six-goal lead after just ten minutes of play in the second half (24-18). Both goalkeepers were in great form in the next seven minutes, but Spain managed to cut the Russian lead to four goals (25-21). That was all the Spanish players managed to do because Russia played very well in the last ten minutes, building a big victory 34-22.
ANTONINA SKOROBOGATCHEKO (Russia player)
We played a very good match and managed to get another important victory. Some people say that we have the quality to fight for the first place, but we go match after match, not thinking too far ahead. Next for us is the match against Romania, another strong team with big ambitions at this tournament.
JENARO FELIX BAZ (Spain coach)
I was very sattisfied with the first half, especialy with our intensity in the defense. However, we had too many problems in the attack in the second half, alloing the strong Russian team to get a big victory. The better team won today and I can only congratulate the Russian players.