The 15th European Men’s Handball Championship continues on Monday in Hungary and Slovakia. After a very long break between the elite European national teams, the Lithuanian national team is also competing. Lithuanians in Group F will meet a strong Norwegian national team in the third round at the Koice Steel Arena (Slovakia). The course of the match from 21.30. can follow Sportas.lt portal.
Lithuanians started the championship with failures: 27:29 landed on the Russians and 26:31 – for Slovaks. The Norwegians started confidently when 35:25 left no hope for the Slovaks. Still, in the second round, they’re sensational 22:23 landed on the Russians, which brought confusion to the standings.
The Lithuanian national team retained the theoretical hope to lead to the second stage even after 2 defeats, but the salvation of ours in the current situation would be like a miracle. The Lithuanians need the Russians to defeat the Slovaks in the third round, and then the Lithuanians themselves to reach the Norwegians by at least 8 goals.
“Their game is fast, mobile and technical. It will all determine how we work in defense. We have defeated the Norwegians once and we have done so defensively. We didn’t let them play their game. Of course, it costs a lot of effort and we’ll see how much power the guys have left and the desire to thank the spectators who came here. The third generation is not lying and I hope that our morning will be our best match “, one of the coaches of the Lithuanian national team said on Sunday. Vaidotas Grosas
During the last ten years, Lithuanians have played against Norwegians 4 times and it is good to beat them. That memorable victory was achieved in the 2016 European Championship qualifiers. Then the Lithuanians defeated the Norwegians at home with the result 32:29 and travel is perhaps the hottest victory of this century. It is true that in the answers to the matches of the selection cycle, the guests in Lithuania were not equal to Norwegians – 20:30.
Norwegians have been glistening in the big tournaments lately. 2017 and 2019. they won silver in the world championships, and in 2020. He won bronze in the European Championship. Last year, they finished 6th at the World Championships and 7th at the Tokyo Olympics. Lithuanians used to play in the European Championship only in 1998. and then took 9th place.
The two best teams in the group will advance to the second round.
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