Poland – Norway 31-42 (15-21)
It erupted from the Norwegian handball guys in the first match in the main round.
With Sander Sagosen in great shape, especially before the break, Poland was swept off the field. Norway won 42-31. Never before has a team scored more goals in a European Championship match.
Sebastian Barthold was the top scorer with eleven hits.
Already on Friday night, Norway will play a new match when coron-stricken Germany is the opponent. Then Spain awaits on Sunday and Sweden on Tuesday.
Sagosen show from the start
Sander Sagosen started his show from the first throw with two goals before it was played two minutes, but Poland kept up with Norway in the opening minutes.
The Poles were 6-6 after nine minutes of play. Led by a sparkling good Sagosen, Norway gained a solid lead. Not only did Sagosen show their best side, but the handball guys ran into long-awaited counterattacks.
When the break signal went in Bratislava, Norway led 21-15 after a terrific first half, where Sander Sagosen had scored eight goals in nine attempts.
– It is very nice to see that they get loose in attack, and that we win some balls and get some saves we can counter. Although the defense has gone up and down a bit, we are quite happy with all phases of the game, national team assistant Jonas Wille told Viaplay during the break.
The second round continued in the same track as in the first. The break lead was doubled just over twelve minutes into the second half with a 31-19 lead.
With a 32-19 lead midway through the second half, national team manager Christian Berge could afford to change the entire team.
The goals continued to flow into Poland’s goal, but Norway also slipped a little backwards in the final minutes. In the end, Norway won 42-31, which was the tangent of the country’s biggest European Championship victory, in addition to the scoring record of a team in a European Championship match.
The previous scoring record was 41 goals, set by Germany 41-32 against Poland in 2004, Sweden 41-25 against Slovakia in 2008 and Poland 41-24 against Slovakia in 2012.