Norway open preliminary round with a win

GROUP D REVIEW: Bosnia and Herzegovina gave Norway a fierce resistance for thirty minutes, but the Scandinavians managed to take their first two points

Norway's Sander Sagosen scored 12 goals as the co-hosts beat Bosnia & Herzegovina in their opening match. Photo © Axel Heimken / kolektiff

Today was the opportunity for Norway to play their first game in front of a home crowd, with more than 8,000 fans packed in Trondheim’s Spektrum.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the other hand, did not have as big expectations, as it was their first ever EHF EURO game.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina were level with Norway for 18 minutes before letting their opponents go
  • Sander Sagosen was elected Grundfos player of the match after scoring 12 goals
  • Nikola Prce was Bosnia’s best scorer with seven


Norway vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 32:26 (17:12)

Norway waited 12 years, since 2008, to see their national team play an EHF EURO at home. And the 8,232 spectators in the Trondheim Spektrum had to wait five more minutes to see Petter Overby open the score for the hosts of the tournament.

With the help of an aggressive defence, Bosnia and Herzegovina remained in the game for the whole first half.

Nikola Prce, who scored six before the break for Bosnia, did not look like his 39 years of age. The left back was elemental in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s resistance during the first 25 minutes.

But Sander Sagosen took things in hand, scoring three straight goals for Norway, and helping his team to a five-goal lead at half-time, their biggest advantage of the game (17:12).

Having secured the gap on the scoreboard, Norway controlled the second half, keeping on finding solutions offensively.

Sagosen was on impressive form, scoring 12 goals and also featuring on top of the statistics. The backcourt player, for instance, recorded the highest jump (68 cm).

With the win clearly in hand, Norway’s coach Christian Berge enjoyed the opportunity to open his bench, to some success, with goalkeeper Kristian Saeveraas saving seven shots while Petter Overby scored five.

Enjoying a maximum advantage of nine goals, Norway ended the game with a six-goal victory (32:26) and can now prepare for Sunday’s clash against France.



written by Kevin Domas / jh