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2020 Women’s Handball Euro: Croatia to play for bronze medal after defeat to France

2020 Women’s Handball Euro: Croatia to play for bronze medal

(Photo credit © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff)

HERNING, 18 December 2020 – Croatia will play for the bronze medal at the 2020 European Women’s Handball Championship in Denmark after losing to France in today’s semi-final. 

Croatia, who were playing in their first-ever semi-final, were outplayed by a strong French team, going down 30-19.

2020 Women’s Handball Euro: Croatia to play for bronze medal

(Photo credit © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff)

After trailing early in the match, the French would soon find their stride in the first half, capitalising on a number of mistakes and putting up a strong defence that would keep Croatia scoreless for large periods of the half. 

2020 Women’s Handball Euro: Croatia to play for bronze medal

(Photo credit © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff)

2020 Women’s Handball Euro: Croatia to play for bronze medal

(Photo credit © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff)

A goal from distance on the buzzer gave France a 15-5 lead at the break. 

2020 Women’s Handball Euro: Croatia to play for bronze medal

(Photo credit © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff)

Croatia came out in the second half looking much more purposeful than they did in the first half and they would narrow the lead early on from 10 to 7 goals.

France, however, would show their experience, and when it looked as if Croatia was starting to apply some pressure to the scoreboard they would respond. 

(Photo credit: Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff)

Tea Pijevic in Croatia’s goal was once again impressive, making a number of saves throughout to give her side some hope but it was not to be Nenad Šoštarić’s team’s day. 

2020 Women’s Handball Euro: Croatia to play for bronze medal

Tea Pijevic (Photo credit © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff)

Croatia will play the loser of the Denmark and Norway semifinal in the bronze medal match on Sunday at 3:30 pm.

(Photo credit: Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff)

Croatia has exceeded all expectations so far at the tournament, beating Hungary, world champions The Netherlands, and Serbia to win Group C and then beating Romania and Germany in the Main Round. Their only loss before today was against Norway. 

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