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Czech Republic takes 15th place at M18 EURO 2016

Czech Republic won 39:30 (15:16) against Slovakia and took 15th place at EHF M18 EURO 2016.

For most of the first half result was a tie. Both team managed to get one goal lead but nothing more than that. As the end of first 30 minute s was approaching Slovakia got in two goal lead. Czechs scored last goal and went to break with only one goal deficit.

With three consecutive goals Czech Republic took the lead in second half. In 37th minute Czechs were leading with four goals. That showed to be enough for Czech to win in this match.

Jakub Prokop was best player in Slovakian team and Ondrej Skalicky got the award in Czech team.

Statements:

Pavel Pauza, CZE (coach)

“We were really motivated for this match. During preparations for this EURO we played seven or eight times against Slovakia so we know them very well. We wanted this win more and that’s why we won in the end.”

Ondrej Skalicky, CZE (player)

“We finally played as a team. We played very well and used momentum that was on our side and good atmosphere we had in the team. I want to thank my team because we will leave tournament with last win and that is important for next matches and tournaments.”

Juraj Jurajov, SVK (coach)

“It was very difficult to play, especially in second half. In second half Czechs showed that they are mentally stronger than us and they won.”

Jakub Prokop, SVK (player)

“We played good first half. In second half we were tired. Most of the goals in second half we conceived from fast breaks so Czech easily finished this match.”

Placement matches, 15th place match

Czech Republic – Slovakia 39:30 (15:16)

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