The French team, defending champion, won easily against Slovenia (27-17) in their second match of the Women’s Euro Handball. Thanks to this convincing victory in Herning (Denmark), Les Bleues are sure to qualify for the main round, even before their last group game against Denmark next Tuesday.
Blue women freed. After a difficult but precious victory in the first match against Montenegro, the France team is gaining confidence in this Euro. Thanks to her second success in the competition against Slovenia this Sunday (27-17), she qualified for the main round, which will be played from December 10 to 15.
In a completely empty room, the French took control of the meeting from the first minutes. Led by a Nze Minko on fire (7/9 on shots, voted best player of the match) and good defense, the Bleues had a fantastic first quarter of an hour and were already leading by 7 goals in the 17th minute (2-9). They returned to the locker room with a 6-point lead, with some shooting failures preventing a larger gap.
In the second half, the Habs showed similar commitment, aggressiveness and seriousness to the first half, while not being afraid to take risks. Slovenian and Brest Ana Gros, feared by the French, failed to exist during the meeting.“We had a very good defense, we had goalkeepers who were brilliant. The attacking games were more orderly. It’s a very big game, we are launched“, delighted the French coach, Olivier Krumbholz, at the microphone of the broadcaster. A match that also allowed Alexandra Lacrabere (243 caps) to cross the symbolic bar of 800 goals.
The players of Olivier Krumbholz will cross in the main round with the very tough Group B, made up of Russia, Sweden, Spain and the Czech Republic. The first two nations from each of the two main round groups will then qualify for the semi-finals.
In the meantime, for their last match in the preliminary round, the French team will challenge Denmark, the host country of the competition, on Tuesday December 8 at 8:30 p.m. Although without stake for its qualification already acquired, this meeting is an opportunity for France to take its revenge: the Danish selection had eliminated it during the last World Cup (18-20) in Japan. “It’s going to be a big game. We have stepped up against Slovenia, we will have to go up a notch against them“, reacted Estelle Nze Minko.