Both teams played very good in offense at the beginning of the match. The goalkeepers didn’t have too many saves, as none of the teams got more than one goal advantage in the first 20 minutes of the game. Croatia scored twice in a row and took a two-goal lead for the first time (12-10) in the 23. minute, and the Swedish coach took a timeout instantly.
His team played much better after the advices he gave them, so Sweden first managed to draw the result (13-13) before taking a 15-14 at the end of the first half.
The second half didn’t bring anything different, as both teams continued with efficient plays, without a big margin for Croatia od Sweden (17-17, 18-18, 19-19). Croatia suprised the Swedes scoring two goals in a row with player less on the field. They increased the lead to three goals (22-19), and even though the Swedes scored twice in a row, Croatia team with strong defense managed to go to “plus four” with seven minutes to go (25-21).
Sweden scored two goals for 25-23 and missed a chance for another one when Walstern missed a great chance from the wing position. They managed to score one more goal, but missed three chances for a draw, with Croatia celebrating a 25-24 victory.
Ivan Jerkovic (Croatia head coach)
We played really good in defense, in the attack we had good run from our line player Dobric. In the second half they closed us much better, but we still managed to score important goals and win this match. I really didn’t expect us to win with a 6-0 defensive zone. My players are a bit tired, but they will certainly find strength for the match against Slovenia.
Ana Dobric (Croatia player)
We played very good in this match and deserved to win. Maybe we shouldn’t have allowed Sweden to come back in the match at the end, but we are really tired, this was our sixth match at the tournament.