BRATISLAVA (VG) (Sweden-Norway 24-23) Norway led by six goals at most, but lost everything in the second half. Sander Sagosen shot outside on the last shot of the match. Thus, Sweden is in the semifinals.
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Norway must be content with playing for 5th place in Budapest on Friday. A huge disappointment after Sagosen & co. roughly played Sweden out of the hall period before the break.
Sæverås started the match against Sweden with three saves on big Swedish chances. Albin Lagergren missed all of them. The tone was set, but the Norwegian jubilation song was delayed by three expulsions in six minutes at the start.
– A real killer keeper !, describes TV3 expert Kristian Kjelling about the 25-year-old from Oslo who lives daily in German Leipzig. He made a decisive jump-in against Spain on Sunday and when Torbjørn Bergerud had had trouble with a fever and cold, it was clear for a Norwegian rescue percentage of 44 before the break.
Norway withstood the Swedish pressure with excellent defensive play. When Sweden received three expulsions in a row, the initiative was dressed in red, white and blue.
Kristian Sæverås scored his first goal since the Olympic opening against Argentina and Norway suddenly led 10-7 when the goalkeeper put the leather in an empty cage. The Swedes found neither the lock nor the keyhole in the Norwegian defense. Finally, Glenn Solberg put seven men in attack.
But it was on the opposite side that the best handball was played. Kiel teammates Sander Sagosen (3 goals + 5 assists) and Harald Reinkind (4 goals + assists + penalties) dominated against a Swedish defense that was not bad either.
– They play Sweden out of the hall, commented Kjelling.
Norway led 14-9 at the break. Then came the problems.
At the beginning of the second half, Torbjørn Bergerud came in. He was no sicker than he immediately saved a penalty and a 100 percent chance from his old teammates in Flensburg, Hampus Wanne and Jim Gottfridsson.
Sæverås came in again with a new big save. But Sweden raised the defensive game and Sebastian Barthold missed both penalties and from the left wing.
The Swedes were in shock.
But Bergerud came in and saved a double penalty throw. First from Wanne, then from finally covidfriske Niclas Ekberg. But then Valter Chrintz got a hole in the boil on a counterattack.
Christian Berge timed out and Erik Toft charged the stock market and scored second goal 10 minutes into the second half. Sweden reduced to 16-14 and was definitely back in the game. when Jim Gottfridsson reduced to 18-17 in the middle of the round, the semi-final place was in danger.
Sagosen came in again. Norway continued to struggle with Christian O’Sullivan getting hammered in a new two-goal lead. Sweden goalkeeper Tobias Thulin saved and Sæverås responded with a new super save.
But Sagosen won Magnus Gullerud twice on the line and the heath marking was cash and narrowed the Norwegian three-goal lead eight minutes before the end.
Then O’Sullivan stole a ball in his own defense and made a solo score of the rare kind at this level. Norway was back in a four-goal lead that Sagosen secured with a new goal.
But Sweden showed morale and reduced to two goals with four minutes left before Gottfridsson and Wanne put all Norwegian nerves on edge with two goals. Thus a draw two minutes before the end.
Sagosen missed a shot the minute before the end and lost the return to Oscar Bergendahl. Sweden had the ball and Glenn Solberg took “time out” 45 seconds before the end. The Swedes made a plan. 18 seconds before the end, Bergendahl scored.
Valter Chrintz scored on Torbjørn Bergerud and sent Sweden in the lead for the first time. Berge gathered the team and put a plan with seven players on the field the last 11 seconds.
Sander Sagosen missed and Norway must play for 5th place in the WC.
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