Determined Danes raze Romanians to reach semis – The Post

Determined Danes raze Romanians to reach semis

Excellent defence and goalkeeping sets stage for Dutch showdown tomorrow

Danes a semi-final surprise package (photo: Håndbolddamerne‎)
December 15th, 2016 8:54 am| by Christian W

The Danish women’s handball team qualified for the semi-finals of the European Championships thanks to a 21-17 win against Romania in Helsingborg last night.

In a game Denmark had to win to reach the final four, the Danes came out swinging and led 12-10 at half-time thanks to some aggressive defence that kept Romanian star Cristina Neagu at bay.

In the second half the Danes took off and led by as many as seven (20-13) on the back of sterling keeping by Sandra Toft, before Neagu and the Romanians woke up and tacked a few on at the end.

It was an emotional last two minutes for the Danish keeper. “I couldn’t concentrate during the final two minutes; the tears ran down my cheeks,” Toft told DR Nyheder.

“This ranks very, very high in my career. I think it’s the biggest with the national team. A semi at the European Championships is fantastic, and the way we did it was insane.”

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Dutch challenge
The victory was sweet revenge for Denmark, who had lost to Romania in their failed Olympic Games qualification earlier this year, as well as in the quarter-finals at the World Championship in 2015.

Up next for the Danes are the in-form Dutch side, who beat Spain last night to top the other group ahead of France.

In the other semi-final, France face Norway. Both games take place tomorrow.