By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest
Romania’s women national team has won the under 18 handball world cup hosted by FYROM after a spectacular victory against Germany in the final organized in Ohrid.
The Romanian team beat the German opponents by 32 to 21, even though the latter scored first. Romania managed to score seven times in a row during the first 15 minutes and took the score difference to 11 to 3 to then finish the first halt at 15-7.
Germany played more aggressively in the second half and reduced the gap to six goals, but minute 41 saw the biggest score difference on the board, 23-12. Germany was also in the same starting group with Romania which won the direct match by 27 to 25. Romania had beaten Montenegro in the semifinal, after winning against Argentina, Uzbekistan, FYROM, Denmark, Croatia and Holland.
The national team was today received at the Ministry of Sports by Minister Gabriela Szabo, former Olympic athlete. “The champions have achieved a performance which is worthy of everybody’s admiration. Following the competition, our girls bring home the golden medal and finish this tournament with a very good balance: eight victories and a tie” a press release of the ministry says.
Lorena Ostase, Cristina Laslo and Bianca Bazaliu are three Romanian players picked by a group of experts of the International Handball Federation as part of the world cup ideal team. Bazaliu is the third in the cup’s goal scoring ranking while Emily Bolk from Germany has been designated the best player of the tournament.
Romania took the 4th position at the women’s 2012 under 18 handball world cup after Denmark, Russia and Norway. This is the first world tile won by Romania’s juniors, following the bronze medal in 2006 in Canada. Romania also won the European championship in 1999 in Germany, two silver medals in 2003 in Russia and 2005 in Austria.