Image: Sasa Boskovic grabbing a female in Serbia 2012
If you’re a fan of Spain or Montenegro then day two of Euro 2012 was a very good day. Those two teams maintained their winning ways and will now be looking forward to the main round. However, if you’re a fan of Germany or Iceland then you might want to look away now as with two losses from two games their tournament may be over very soon.
Before we get to that, let’s get to a nice bit of scandal brewing away. In Norway’s win over Serbia on day one the home coach, Saša Bošković twice interfered with the movement of Norwegian player Linn Sulland. You can read all about it over at Team Handball News and Handball Planet. And if you like your outrage in Norwegian you could always start here.
Back to yesterday’s matches … In Group C, Spain and Croatia played out a tense game in which the Spanish always seemed to have the edge, thanks in major part to seven goals from Marta Mangue. Confusingly Spain were in white and Croatia in red. In the later game, Hungary broke the hearts of a determined Germany side, overcoming a 14:11 half time deficit to run out 24:21 winners – three unanswered goals in the final five minutes ensuring the win. Germany now need to beat Croatia to go through – and by a big margin. That seems unlikely.
Iceland lost, as expected, to Romania but it was a lot closer than anticipated and a lot scrappier too. The Romanians are through though with three points, sitting behind Montenegro who dominated Russia before slipping back at the end. The Olympic silver medallists were up 20:14 at half time and noticeably relaxed in the second half. The winner of the Iceland v Russia match will progress in third place – a draw would put Russia through.
Today’s fixtures with the predicted winners in bold:
Group A: 5.15pm (UK) Serbia v Ukraine; Czech Republic v Norway
Group B: 5.15pm Macedonia v Sweden; Denmark v France