France, Montenegro can lock up semi-final spots in group II

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There are only two playing days left in group II of the Women’s EHF EURO 2022 main round in Skopje. A draw for France and a win for Montenegro on Tuesday would ensure them safe passage to the semi-finals, but their opponents Germany and Romania both need a win to stay in contention for the final weekend in Ljubljana.


Romania vs Montenegro
Tuesday 15 November, 18:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • Romania have their fate in their hands: two wins in the last two games against Montenegro and Germany are enough for the tickets for the final weekend in Ljubljana
  • a win for Montenegro, followed by a draw or a victory for France against Germany, would seal their qualification for the semi-finals – for the first time since their fourth-place finish in 2014
  • Romania captain Cristina Neagu will play for her 50th EHF EURO match; only the fifth player to reach that milestone; Norway goalkeeper Katrine Lunde is the record holder with 57 games
  • Montenegro’s right wing Jovanka Radicevic needs only three goals to become the fifth player to score 200 goals at EHF EURO events; Neagu is the all-time top scorer with 287
  • the head-t0-head record between the two teams is tied with three wins each and a draw; at the EHF EURO, both sides won a game each

Romania coach Florentin Pera: “I trust in the team’s capacity to focus and be at 100% for this match. Montenegro are a good team, with plenty of experienced players, but we have a good run and we want it not to end here.”

Montenegro coach Bojana Popovic: “The players just need to restart and enjoy playing handball. If they enjoy the time on court, then they have the opportunity to win. They need to be more relaxed.”

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France vs Germany
Tuesday 15 November, 20:30 CET, live on EHFTV

  • enjoying their best ever start into an EHF EURO, France have four wins; adding a fifth on Tuesday would see them qualify for the semi-finals
  • the Olympic champions are 34 short of the 2,000-goal mark at the EHF EURO; only six teams have scored more: Norway, Denmark, Russia, Hungary, Germany, and Romania
  • France have the best defence in the competition so far, conceding 78 goals in four matches for an overage 19.5 goals per game
  • Germany must win to stay alive in their challenge for a semi-finals berth; it would be their first time since 2008, when the tournament was also hosted by North Macedonia
  • France have won eight of the 13 matches against Germany, including the last five; they also beat Germany twice in two friendlies a month prior to the EHF EURO: 34:31 and 30:29

France line player Beatrice Edwige: “In those two test matches we were really bad in defence, even though we won. They scored too many goals, on Tuesday, we will see a totally different game.”

Markus Gaugisch, Germany coach: “It is great fun to face a team like this. In the test matches in preparation, we found tactical solutions against them and were on an almost equal level.”

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