14/01/2020

France finish EHF EURO 2020 with a win

GROUP D REVIEW: In a game between two eliminated teams, France took the two points to finish third in the group

France's Valentin Porte was player of the match as the 2014 champions played their final EHF EURO 2020 match. Photo © Axel Heimken / kolektiff

Both France and Bosnia and Herzegovina were eliminated before round 3, having lost both their games in the competition.

France wanted to soften the blow of their first elimination in an international competition since 1978 while, for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the goal was different. In fact, the national team from the Balkans were still looking for their first win in their first EHF EURO.

  • tonight was France’s first win in the competition, while Bosnia and Herzegovina will go back home without a point
  • best scorer of the game was Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Marko Panic, with nine, including the fastest shot of the game (135 km/h)
  • Valentin Porte netted seven times for France and was named Grundfos player of the match

GROUP D

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs France 23:31 (13:14)

The first half saw both teams take, in turns, a three-goal advantage, with Bosnia and Herzegovina first out of the blocks. Despite having only three players scoring in the entire first half, they took an early advantage, with Nikola Prce netting seven times before the break.

Then France came back into the game, tightening their defence and recovering some balls. Michaël Guigou was clinical at the other end of the court, scoring five to help his team briefly lead by three at the 24th minute.

But it was overall a close matter and at half-time, with France only leading by one (14:13), everything was still to be decided.

Melvyn Richardson’s entry to the court was decisive for the course of the game, as the left-hander scored three goals in 15 minutes. And his wake, France quickly increased their lead to five goals with 13 minutes remaining (24:19).

With the Bosnian players looking tired, France took the upper hand in the end, and Vincent Gerard took the opportunity to even score twice in the empty goal. In the end, his team won by eight, 31:23.

 

 

written by Kevin Domas / jh