Last match of Intermediate group 2 and last day for teams in Koprivnica was reserved for the Portugal and Czech Republic. In first 15 minutes it was goal to goal game but then Pedro Loureiro scored for a 6:5 Portugese lead. Lack of concentration of Portugal offense was good for Czech who then turned the result and with 3 goals in a row settled 9:6 result. Again Portugal imposed the speed and managed to equalize to 14:14 by the time for a break,
Better defense and effective offense gave Portugal chance for a advantage in 45th minute when they scored for 21:19. But Czech Republic showed great fighting spirit and in last five minutes of the match entered with a 27:26 lead. Portugal managed to score in the last five seconds for splitting points (27:27).
Best player: Oleksander Nekrushets (POR), Daniel Reznicky (CZE)
Ricardo Carvalho Dos Santos, POR (coach):
We used this match to give a chance to all players. We wanted to rest some of the players that were playing more minutes and to give other a chance to play at this tournament. At the end we think that a result is fair. After this, our goal is to play as best as we can in next two matches to finish up in first 11 and secure placement to World Championship.
Oleksander Nekrushets, POR (player):
We used all players. We were playing most of the time with players who didn’t not get enough minutes before. Congratulations to both team for performances.
Pavel Pauza, CZE (coach):
Today we played really good. Finally we played 60 minutes on a good level. We are satisfied with this performance. We hope that this confidence will be present in the next matches that are really important for us.
Daniel Reznicky, CZE (player):
I am happy with the game we showed today. This is first point for us and really important one. We played with a heart and I hope this team spirit will stay with us in next matches. We want to reach 13th place at this Euro.
Intermediate Round, Group II, 2. round
Portugal-Czech Republic 27:27 (14:14)