The best two teams from each group qualified for the 2nd stage
Group A: Norway, Hungary, Croatia, Switzerland
Group B: Denmark, Sweden, Slovenia, Serbia
Group C: France, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Romania
Group D: Poland, Montenegro, Germany, Spain
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Here is the ranking of the best goalscorers
Group classification / Phase 1 HERE
FIRST ROUND / PHASE 1
Friday, November 4
Norway – Croatia: 32-23
Hungary – Switzerland: 33-27
Denmark – Slovenia: 26-27
Sweden – Serbia: 27-21
Saturday, November 5
Netherlands – Romania: 29-28
Poland – Germany: 23-25
France vs North Macedonia: 24-14, stats HERE
“It’s a good start, we should have won, we do it with ten goals. It’s been a bit hectic, all the temporary injuries have made us a bit worried. I turned around, very interesting things happened in the second half, we were able to stay strong there.
In defense we had two good goalkeepers, we were very solid and made very few individual mistakes. It bodes well for the future, even if we lose a bit in domestic attack.
We have to free ourselves, we can perform better in shooting and passing. There were many hesitations, but entering a competition is never easy. We knew how to be efficient on the ball, mainly dominating our strong sectors.
But we know that we have to be better than him in attack against Romania and the Netherlands, but we will combine all our strength in these two games.”
Montenegro – Spain: 30-23
Sunday, November 6
Slovenia – Sweden: 22-33
Croatia – Hungary: 21-18
Switzerland – Norway: 21-38
Serbia – Denmark: 21-34
Monday, November 7
North Macedonia – Netherlands: 15-30
Germany – Montenegro: 25-29
Spain – Poland: 20-16
Romania vs France: 19-29, match statistics HERE
After a rather complicated start to the match, the tricolors managed to shut down the senior Christina Neagu, only 5 goals, which gradually made the difference in the course of the match.
After this win, the Blues are guaranteed to go through this first round.
“We played a great match, we went faster than them and overwhelmed them. We repeated the same game against Macedonia, but against a different caliber of team. It was a really great match, we managed to keep the lead throughout the match.
It’s not necessarily clear, there’s often a bit of a break, but here we are solid. The girls prepared their matches very, very well, they worked hard. Compared to the first meeting, we were more comfortable, we had more confidence in our ability to overcome the opponent.
Each played his part with his own qualities, and did not try to do too much or do the things he had mastered less. We start the second round with two points and that’s good for the mood. Now we have to prepare as seriously as possible for the game with the Netherlands.”
Tuesday, November 8
Slovenia – Serbia: 27-24
Croatia – Switzerland: 26-26
Norway – Hungary: 32-22
Denmark – Sweden: 24-22
Wednesday, November 9
Poland – Montenegro: 23-26
North Macedonia – Romania: 23-31
Germany – Spain: 21-23
France vs Netherlands: 26-24, match statistics HERE
A devilishly intense game between two great teams. All in all, the tricolor Olympic champions will overtake their opponents, but they will never be able to outshine them.
One thing is for sure, Les Bleues will attack the main round with plenty of points and, as always, plenty of ambition.
“I’m very happy, it was very difficult as we expected. Although there was a little lack of clarity, we played a solid match, especially in our numerical advantage situations.
We were weaker than ever in the game in all areas, they put us under more pressure. That’s why the girls are very tired, they tired us. While we didn’t have much success hitting the perfect goaltender, we did see some good things offensively.
There is reason to agree, and we separate by four points. We stretched some of them a lot, and we found out that we had three days of rest behind us. We will use them well to prepare for Sunday’s game.”
MAIN PERIOD/STAGE 2
2nd round group classification HERE
(The first two teams of each group are in the semi-finals)
Thursday, November 10
Croatia vs. Slovenia : 18-26
Hungary vs. Denmark : 27-29
Friday, November 11
Netherlands – Germany
Romania vs. Spain