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