Although Norway won their three Golden League matches this weekend against other teams qualified for the EHF EURO, it did not go as smoothly as they might have hoped. Playmaker Stine Bredal Oftedal has not stepped on the court all weekend, even though she should definitely be taking part in the EHF EURO.
On the other hand, right-back Amanda Kurtovic will very likely call off her participation in the EHF EURO in the coming hours. She suffered a knee injury minutes away from the end of the game against France on Sunday and left the court in tears. Even though Norway national team coach Thorir Hergeirsson does not want to say anything for certain, the first signs are not good.
"We're getting ready to play the EURO without her. We send all our good thoughts to Amanda, but we also have to focus on the EURO. We're focused on what we have to do," said the Scandinavian coach.
Det var søndag kveld ikke mulig å ta MR av skaden Amanda Kurtovic pådro seg i kampen mot Frankrike i Møbelringen Cup. https://t.co/EYKf9ir2KJ God bedring, Amanda Foto: @2sas pic.twitter.com/AJ7MBgOgjv
— Håndballforbundet (@NORhandball) 25 novembre 2018
In other news :
- Czech Republic revealed a list of 17 players for the EHF EURO, which will be reduced to 16 before the beginning of the competition
- After losing to Norway on Sunday as part of the Golden League (21:23), Olivier Krumbholz, the French national team coach, replaced Gnonsiane Niombla with Kalidiatou Niakaté in his 18-player list for the EHF EURO
- Spain won the tournament they organised in Alicante, beating other EHF EURO contenders Poland and Germany before drawing with Brazil. Left-winger Soledad Lopez was the best scorer for Spain, netting 12 times in three games.
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- Montenegro came out victorious in the two friendly matches they played this weekend in Sweden. With a 30:28 win on Friday and a 32:30 win yesterday, Montenegro are set to arrive full of confidence in France. They will face Slovenia on Friday, before playing against Russia and France in Group B.