25/01/2020

Norway and Slovenia fight for bronze and a ticket to Egypt

PLACEMENT MATCHES PREVIEW: After two thrilling semi-finals, the losers must bounce back for the bronze medal match; while Germany and Portugal fight for fifth

Norway and Slovenia, disappointed after narrow losses on Friday, still have a chance at an EHF EURO 2020 medal. Photo © Nebojsa Tejic / kolektiff

After their defeats against Croatia and Spain, Norway and Slovenia need to recharge their batteries and come back stronger for Saturday night. Norway have the opportunity to win their first-ever EHF EURO medal, while Slovenia could add bronze to the silver they won in 2004.

The winner will also secure a direct qualification place for the World Championship 2021 in Egypt.

Meanwhile in Saturday’s opener Germany and Portugal – both ranked third in their main round groups – face off for fifth position.

All four teams on court on the penultimate day of the EHF EURO 2020 have already booked their tickets for the Olympic Qualification Tournaments.

3/4 PLACEMENT MATCH

Slovenia vs Norway
Saturday 25 January, 18:30 CET, live on ehfTV.com

  • neither team have ever won a bronze medal at the EHF EURO
  • Slovenia’s best result was silver in 2004, while Norway finished fourth in 2016, after losing the bronze final against Croatia, and therefore can even win their first ever EHF EURO medal
  • the winner of this duel books a straight ticket for the World Championship 2021 in Egypt
  • in the main round of the EHF EURO 2020 in Malmö, Norway beat Slovenia 33:30
  • Slovenia eliminated Norway in the playoffs for the World Championship 2017, but thanks to a wild card, the Scandinavians still got to play and finally finished second ahead of Slovenia in third
  • in total, Norway have won three of five official matches against Slovenia, two of them at EHF EURO events
  • Norwegian superstar Sander Sagosen needs only one more goal to become the all-time top scorer of an EHF EURO. He is currently equal on 61 goals with Macedonian Kiril Lazarov (at the EHF EURO 2012)
  • with 107 scorer points (61 goals and 47 assists), Sagosen has already broken the EHF EURO record in that ranking
  • the best Slovenian scorer so far is Jure Dolenec with 39 goals

5/6 PLACEMENT MATCH

Germany vs Portugal
Saturday 25 January, 16:00 CET, live on ehfTV.com

  • it is the first ever duel between Germany and Portugal at EHF EURO events
  • the only match so far at major tournaments was at the World Championship 2003, when Germany beat the hosts 37:29
  • overall the two have met five times, with Portugal winning one match and Germany four
  • in the qualification for the EHF EURO 2018, Germany won both matches against Portugal
  • at the EHF EURO 2020, Germany have a balance of five victories and two defeats so far, while Portugal have four victories and three defeats on their tally
  • regardless of the result, Portugal will gain their best ever EHF EURO result; their previous record was seventh in 2000
  • Portuguese goalkeeper Alfredo Quintana has saved 72 shots so far, just eight short of the combined tally of German goalkeepers Andreas Wolff and Johannes Bitter (40 each).
  • Wolff will play his 100th international match against Portugal
  • Germany have won two EHF EURO gold medals, in 2004 and 2016; silver in 2002; and bronze in 1998. They were fifth in 2006
written by Björn Pazen / jh