Handbalsters in semi-final european cup crashed against host France

The Dutch handbalsters there Friday failed the final of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS to achieve. France was in Paris a bit too large: 21-27.

The netherlands was the physically strong French until the beginning of the second half keep up with, but then took the home team quickly away.

For Orange remaining this Sunday the battle for the third place against Romania. World champion France is in the final against olympic champion Russia, that the other semi-final Friday with a 28-22 victory.

The european CHAMPIONSHIPS in France for the Netherlands, the fifth major tournament in a row that the net addition to gold grabs. There was silver at the 2015 world CHAMPIONSHIPS, a fourth place at the 2016 Olympics, silver at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS of 2016 and bronze at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS of 2017.

Thanks to the halvefinaleplaats insured Orange like Russia and Romania, however, a ticket for the world cup 2019 in Japan. France was defending, certainly from participation in that tournament.

Orange knokt in the first half I came back

Orange started strong in the competition in the AccorHotels Arena and went directly to the lead. That remained so until 3-2, because it made the physical playing French four points in a row.

That margin remained until 6-9 and coach Helle Thomsen asked at that time, a time-out. She alternated this goalkeeper Tess Wester, for the longer Rinka Duijndam, that is a better answer, and had many good long shots of France.

Duijndam had more than six minutes long, not a French hit, making the Netherlands came back in the match. When Orange played Nycke Groot and Angela Malestein after a short absence again, and they were important with, respectively, three-and four hits in the first half.

Injuries to Smith and Kramer

Mid was Orange with only 11-12 behind, so there is still plenty of perspective for the second half. Therein did the Netherlands even at the same height (13-13, and 14-14), but then took France again in the lead.

Orange lost early in the second half, Martine Smeets, who by an ankle injury could not go on. France ran in that phase to 14-17. When the host country due to a time penalty with a woman less on the field was, knew it even to walk to 14-18.

A moment later, the Netherlands had a player less due to a time penalty for Maura Visser and came to France, however, twice scoring: 15-20. Thomsen charged at that position, repeat a time-out, and had Orange opportunistischer play. It led to both sides until a few hits.

Twelve minutes before time, lost Orange also Jessy Kramer with an apparently severe injury. Then it was the Dutch resistance was broken and ran France off to a wide margin: 21-27.

The match for the bronze colour from Orange Romania starts on Sunday at 14.00 hours. The european CHAMPIONSHIP final between France and Russia is at 17.30 hours on the program.

See also:
Results and program european CHAMPIONSHIP handball for women

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