The fourth day of the tournament began with the match between Hungary and the Croatian national team. The match promised to be very interesting but Magyars already gained an advantage in the first half and they can enjoy the next victory.

The Croatian team started the match better. For ten minutes their opponents regularly hit the crossbar and the posts. However, when the scoreboard was 1: 4, there was a weaker period of the Hrvatska game. Already in the 15th minute of the match, Tamara Pal used a penalty kick and led to a draw 6:6. At that moment, Goran Bobić asked for time. However, this did not stop the good game of the Hungarian players, who built an advantage at the level of four hits. In the last minute, the Hungarian goalkeeper – Lili Herczeg stopped the penalty kick. Shortly after, her friends had the opportunity to raise the lead but did not use the direct free kick.

The second part of the match was a domination Magyars. They maintained a five-to six-goal advantage. In the 45th minute, the Croatians did not take advantage of two hundred per cent chances, which would reduce their losses. On the way, they found a Hungarian goalkeeper – Lili Herczeg, who played a very good match. She together with Natalie Schatzl helped the Hungarian girls to bring the advantage to the end and win the next match.

 

HUNGARY – CROATIA 27 : 21 (13:9)

HUNGARY: Magera, Herczeg, Szabo – Albek , Schatzl 7, Simon 1, Vamos 3, Varga, Kellermann , Arany 4, Pal 4, Kuczora 6, Szilovics , Borgyos , Banfai , Toth 2.

CROATIA: Marinović, Pokopac – Barisić 5, Malec 1, Ivanda 4, Popović 1, Guskić 3, Vucić, Rubić 1, Vidaković , Petika 2, Vojnović, Kaselj 1, Barbir, Miholić 3, Humel.

 

QUOTES: 

Goran Bobić, head coach of Croatia: We had some passes in the game. I think we can be very satisfying but some not. We played against a very strong team which is one of the best in this tournament. We don’t have an experience, we can’t play to the end. This game was an opportunity for us to learn also, to improve ourselves. We learned a lot of things but must work harder, be stronger and start believing in ourselves. After some corrections in the system of play, I hope we will start playing like Spain, Hungary or Denmark

Karolina Zielonka

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