Croatia surprised everyone and won the bronze final against Denmark in Herning. The Croatians won 25-19, after it was 11-11 at the break.
Denmark were big favorites before the start of the match, but a heroic second half ensured Croatian cheers.
Most experts and handball profiles thought it would be Danish bronze. Croatia have hardly been favorites in a single match in the European Championships.
– It’s an adventure. This is something we have never witnessed before. It is the surprise of all time in a handball championship, said TV3 commentator Daniel Høglund live when the match was over.
Stela Posavec and Katarina Jezic scored five goals each and became top scorers for the bronze winners. For the Danes it was a heavy night – and especially the end of the second half was a nightmare.
The Croatian defense and goalkeepers stopped pretty much everything that came. Denmark scored two goals in the last 20 minutes of the match. When the clock showed 40 minutes, the score was 18-18. From there and out there was overtaking.
Danish newspapers hardly believed what they saw.
– Great failure. It is absurdly bad, writes Danish BT
– Giant downturn, writes Ekstra Bladet.
Croatia is the big surprise of the European Championships. The Croatians fell to France in the semifinals after being rounded and beaten 30-19. The same thing happened against Norway (25-36 defeat) in the main round, writes NTB.
The Croatians celebrated the medal with song, dance and waving flags on the field in the Boxen arena.
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