World Championship – match reviews
Match for 3rd place:
Poland – Romania 22-31 (8-15)
The Polish women still have their first World Championship medal to come after they lost Sunday’s bronze medal place versus Romania with 31-22 after a Romanian half time lead of 15-8.
The Romanians were dominant right from the start as superstar Cristina Neagu scored three times in the first five minuted creating a 5-1 lead that the Poles never came anywhere near catching up.
The Romanians established a 10-4 lead before the Poles showed the strength that has lifted them among the top four teams in the tournament.
Romania and Neagu kept up their eminent performance in the second half, the Poles never got any closer than minus five goals and the Romanian world class player ended up scoring ten goals.
Romania won their fourth World Championship medal after lifting the trophy in 1962 and winning silver in 1973 and 2005.
Cristina Neagu was once again named player of the match.
Russiawas fifthat the World Cupafter theyin Sunday'ssecond placement matchdefeatedDenmark.
The digitsreflects the difference betweenthe twohalves, as Denmark wonthe firsthalfwith16-12andlost thesecondwith13-5. Overallscorein other words25-21to the Russians.
Beforethe break, it was especially danish top scorerStineJørgensen, who was in charge of a freshDanishoffensivewithsix goals. Andin the goalRikke Poulsenagain showed her high classbehind awell-functioningdefense.
But a fourgoal leaddoes not necessarily holdlongagainst a teamofRussianquality.
Five times the Russians scored inthe first five minutesofthe secondhalfasthe gameturned on its head.
FiveDanishgoalswas the result afterthe break andwith that scoringrate,it can be difficultto winhandballmatchesat theWorld Championshiplevel.
Russia'stop scorer withseven goals, the excitingyoung right-wing AnnaVyakhereva, was namedplayer of the match.
France - Montenegro 34-23 (20-13)
France finished as number 7 in the World Championship after winning a not particularly exciting placement match versus Montenegro with 34-23 with a French half time lead of 20-13.
The match began at a murderous pace where both teams scored on their first four attacks, but after 4-4 in the fifth minutes the French created a gap with four goals in a row, and since it was really only a matter of the size of the French victory.
Symptomatically the match ended with Jovanka Radicevic of Montenegro sending a seven meter throw wide of the French goal.
Topscorers: France: Camille Ayglon and Sirabe Dembele each 7. Montenegro: Jovanka Radicevic 7
Camille Ayglon, France, was honoured as player of the match.