The Norwegian womens handball team won a place in the final after beating France 20-16. A stunning performance from the Norwegian goalkeeper Silje Solberg was crucial. Now awaits Netherland in the final.
The French girls came out with all the sparks lit. The Norwegian team took a timeout at 6-3 for the French team.
Amandine Leynaud was clearly the best goalkeeper at the start in the 1-half. The Norwegian team replaced goalkeeper Kari Aalvik Grimsbø as she only saved one out of seven shots on goal. Silje Solberg came in and made a glorious substitution. The result was eminent as Norway went from 4-7 to 7-7 (Emilie Hegh Arntzen), 8-7 (Veronica Kristiansen), 9-7 (Mørk), 10-7 (Mørk) and 11-7 (Arntzen).
There and then the match turned within a few minutes. France struggled to score. They played 13 minutes without scoring. At the end of the first half France scored twice so the score was 11-9 to Norway at the half time break.
The organizers of the European Championships estimated that well 6000 Norwegians were in the arena. This probably gave the Norwegian players the boost they needed to seal the deal.
Sunday Norway meets the Netherlands.