Forty five minutes of intrigue
02/24/2017Sweden - Norway – 7:2 (3:2).
February 23, Trud stadium, attendance: 250, -3 centigrade.
Referees: Ida Salomonsson, Hedvig Simonsson (both from Sweden), Sofia Amosova (Russia).
Goalkeepers: Janebrink – Gulbrandsen.
Goals: Bakken (Bustgaard), 6 (0:1). Wachenfeldt (Karlsson # 20), 16 (1:1). Dahlsten, 25 (2:1). Eklund (Thörnkvist), 28 (3:1). Arnesen, 30 (3:2). Ingvarsson (Thörnkvist), 47 (4:2). Bakken (Arnesen), 53 (5:2). Lome, 59 (6:2). Dahlsten (Arnesen), 60 – corner stroke (7:2).
The match started unexpectedly: who could think, that Norway’s team would be the first to score a goal and that the Swedes will turn chasing the game for 10 minutes sharp? And that the scoreboard will follow showing 1:1 for almost as long as that… Nevertheless, at the end of the first half, the favourite pressed forward and not only got ahead, but also gained the lead up to two balls. But, several seconds before the end of the half, the Norwegians reduced the gap down to minimum.
In the second half of the meeting, the Norwegians ran out of steam. Moreover, they were left without defence, since the two key defenders got injured. What is more, the sun was now shinning Jenny Gulbrandsen, the Norwegian goalkeeper, in the eye. On the whole, it was enough for the Swedes to steadily bring the match to a big victory.
Post-match press conferenceSergey Gusev, head coach of the Norwegian team:
– The girls believed in themselves after the first goal. After that, several successful counter-attacks followed from the Swedes, but we got back to the game by the break having reduced the gap down to 3:2. It is a good result.
The game changed at the second half. The sun was shining our goalkeeper in the eye, and the Swedes used this issue. While they were scoring, Gulbrandsen literally couldn’t see the ball. On the whole, I would like to thank the players for the good game and commitment. At the second half, we lost the two key defenders: they got injured. That’s why we took time-out six minutes before the end.
Annika Lundberg, head coach of the Swedish team:
– We started the first half of the game quite weak, made many mistakes. But in the second half, we pull ourselves together. On the whole, we performed better than yesterday in the match with the Russian team.
Photo by Tatyana Glyuk and Anna Pyanova
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