Great Game: Croatia Outscored France For Place in Main Round

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Croatia outscored France

Croatia under 17 woman handball team is in main round of W17 EHF Euro in Macedonia after the second win in group “C” in arena “Boris Trajkovski“, this time in the derby match against France with 31-26 (15-14).

This was very tight game, especially in the first half. France started well, had the control over the results in the most of the first part of the period. Then, the girls in white gain their first lead 11-10 and showed that they are not afraid of favorite opponent.

First ten minutes of the second half were crucial for Croatia win. First they went to 19-16 in 36th minute, but after five minutes Croatian’s had plus five (22-17) that boosts their confidence. This big advantage was not the end of the game, because players from France fought hard and with great second third of the half they got very close to only one goal negative (25-26). But, after that we could see three strait goals from Croatia for 29-25 in 55th minute, and for beginning of the celebration on their bench.

Croatia deserved the win, and France now have difficult task for getting in the main round, and that is to win tomorrow match against Netherlands.

Korina Karlovcan (player from Croatia):

Before the game most of us didn’t believe that we can won the game against great France. But, our couching staff prepared great game plan, that showed us that we have quality and strength to be equal opponent. Now we are in main round and I’m delighted about that, but that doesn’t mean that we will calculate in tomorrow game against Portugal.

Deborah Lassource (player from France):

I’m very dissapointed. We lost many balls, and that is the main reason for the lost. But, I think that we can do much better tomorrow against Netherlands.

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