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Sweden closes EHF M18 EURO in Zagreb with win over Portugal

Sweden closed the day in Zagreb with 31:29 (17:15) win over Portugal. Swedish team took ninth place at EHF M18 EURO 2016 in Croatia.

Sweden was completely in control of first half. They were leading from the beginning of the match. Sweden had three lead goal but Portugal scored with the buzzer and went to break with two goal deficit.

In the second half Sweden made the difference higher by having six goals more than Portugal. But they did not surrender, 12 minutes before the end they were only two goals behind. They didn’t manage to equalize or lead so Sweden won in the end.

Statements:

Jerry Hallback, SWE (coach)

“We are satisfied with ninth place. Today I think we played good in defense but in offense we need to improve some details. We have learned a lot during this Championship and we are looking forward to the next ones.”

Alfred Jönsson, SWE (player)

“I think we played very well. We started off really good but along the game we lost pace we had so in the end we didn’t play as well as we did in the beginning. We wanted to go match by match in this tournament, we ended up here with ninth place and we are happy that we won.”

Pedro Vieira, POR (coach)

“We are not completely satisfied because we wanted to qualify for Main Round. But since we didn’t achieve that we are glad that team managed to recover. We are happy with performance they showed in this second part of competition and it was very important for us to qualify for World Championship and next U20 European Championship.”

Diogo Silva, POR (player)

“It was good European Championship. Today we had a good game but didn’t manage to win against great team like Sweden but we are happy with our performance. I think today in first half we let them get away with result. We didn’t defend as well as we did in previous matches.”

Placement matches, match for 9th place

Sweden – Portugal 31:29 (17:15)

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