Sweden began better on the 2nd game of the most important round against the hosts. After a 3-0 start with goals from Olivia Mellegard, Hanna Blomstrand and Isabelle Gulldén, it required France five minutes to score for the very first time, during Laura Flippes. But they managed to get closer and in nearly 10 moments they’d shortened the difference to 1 (5-4). Only at 22 minutes the XXL Hall roared with Pauline Coatanea&rsquo goal, that marked the attraction in 9, later being under by 2 since the beginning, and the very first time France caught up as 0-0.

Following a time out called by Henrik Signell in 2-4 seconds, the team detected that their contour again and assembled a new advantage they would carry until the conclusion of the first 30minutes. Gulldén, who successfully completed her 200th match with all the national team, scored 4 goals over the first half and helped her team, not just with goals, but also with a number of her signature aids, the final being ‘no look pass’ into Linn Blohm, that put the final 14-11 of the first half. Sweden displayed a much game that was better than the opening game of the primary round against Montenegro, also led with authortity.

Laura Glauser jumped for the 2nd half court and she was an equally essential factor for the growth of the game. Beatrice Edwige’s goal for 18-16 in 39 moments, are the last for the following 10 moments as the game stayed with this particular score until the 50th minute, if Hanna Blomstrand would stretch the goal difference to 3 (19-16). Those goal-less 10 moments were also a display of Glauser and hard guards, but chiefly, of goalkeeping skills. Saved three successive breaks to keep her team.

The upcoming moments would see France, supported by an amazing crowd in the XXL Hall, reach the attraction in 55’, thanks to an objective from Alexandra Lacrabere. The crowd stood for the remainder of the game and played their role cheering after every French save and yelling at every goal. With 4 minutes left, Blohm scored for 21-20 after another ‘no look pass’ from Gulldén and on the strike, Orlane Kanor scored her goal to tie the game for the previous time. On the previous two moments, matters went as follows: lost ball shot from Kanor, technical filthy by Sweden saved by before the final buzzer out of range. A bittersweet attraction for France and also a one for Sweden, that have been leading almost the full game and had hopes for the semifinal berth.

Filippa Idehn was chosen best player of this game, she ended with a 34% save speed (14/34). The top scorer of this game was Gulldén with 6 goals Alexandra Lacrabere was top scorer with 5.


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