and Montenegro had booked their tickets to London already on day 2 in Lyon,
expectedly Denmark and Russia have made it to the Olympics on Saturday, too.
Both took their second victories in Aalborg, Denmark, and face in the duel for
the first and the second positions on Sunday.
vs. Russia 20:33 (8:17)
of Raja Toumi could not avoid the end of the race to London for Tunisia after
their opening defeat against Denmark, as Russia was too dominant in the whole
60 minutes. Thanks to a well balanced team performance the four times World
Champion and 2008 Olympic Silver medalist left no doubt about the winner. After
their clear victory against the Dominican Republic on Friday it was no high
hurdle for the Russian to earn their London ticket. Tunisia was quite equal
until the score of 7:9, before the Russian early decided the game with a 8:1
series until the break. And ten minutes later the game seemed to have become a
disaster for the Northern Africans when Russia had started their turbo and led
25:9. The game was done for the favourite and Tunisia only was able to reduce
the gap to finally 13 goals.
after the match
Sghir, coach, Tunisia: Yesterday we gave all in trying to win against Denmark.
We lost and then it was very hard for my players to find the resources to play
against such a tough opponent as Russia. And when a couple of players get
injured it is even more difficult. So it was an impossible task.
player, Tunisia: Russia is a very, very good team and we had no chances once
they really started. The problem of handball in Tunisia is, that we have played
with the same players for many years now and that we haven’t got as many good
players as the big nations like Russia and Denmark for instance.
Trefilov, coach, Russia: My team played better than against the Dominican
Republic yesterday – but the opponent was better, too. I am very satisfied that
we have now qualified for the Olympic Games and tomorrow we want to beat
Denmark to win this qualification group.
Nikitina, player, Russia: I am very excited about being qualified for the
Olympic Games and I hope we will do well in London. We have had no difficulties
in winning the first two matches and I know that it will be much harder on Sunday
Dominican Republic vs. Denmark 21:38
With all field
players scoring, Denmark celebrated the return to the Olympic Games after they
had missed the tournament in Beijing. The three times Olympic Gold medalist
(1996, 2000, 2004) had a much easier task than on Friday when they had to fight
hard against Tunisia. Again the Dominicans were far beyond the performing level
of the European top team. 13 minutes they could stand the heat against the
Danes then the host extended the gap minute by minute. When the distance was
seven goals at the break, the winner was already obvious and then – like
against Russia the day before - the Dominicans lacked power and concentration and
became a victim of the Danish counter attacks. Mie Augustesen and Camilla Dalby
each scored six goals for this easily earned victory in an absolute unequal
duel. Pop and Andino scored the same number of goals for the Pan Americans.
Results of day 1:
Dominican Republic 41:17 (20:10)
Tunisia 28:24 (12:13)
Match schedule day 3, 27 May:
vs. Dominican Republic