ROMANIA – BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA 29 – 31
Bosnia Herzegovina rallied past Romania to secure third place, and kept alive their slim hopes of finishing second providing that Austrian will lose with 16-goal margin by Croatia later today.
Romania was unstoppable in the beginning of the game, leading by six goals (9-3), but a 8-0 run by Bosnia Herzegovina reversed the scene. The Romanians never gave up and stayed in contention (20-20 in the 45th minute), before the Bosnians re-established a three-goal lead (26-23) to dash their opponents’ hopes.
Nebojsa Golic (Bosnia Herzegovina Coach): “I am glad we conclude our presence on a high note. Romania is a very good team, but we locked their weapons in attack when it mattered most. The tournament was brilliant. Thank you for everything. I hope we will see you again next year.”
Raduta Titel (Romania Coach): “We were competitive in the first half, but couldn’t defend the big lead we managed. Unfortunately our last effort to salvage at least a point was not successful.
3-2, 7-3, 9-5, 9-11, 12-13, 14-16 (Half-time) 15-19, 18-19, 20-20, 22-25, 26-29, 29-31
Romania (Raduta Titel): Pop 4, Totoi, Dinu 2, Szasz, Lazurca 3, Bodor 4, Dedu, Iordachi, Hodorog 4, Lazar 1, Mitu 6, Chiorean 1, Popa 2, Mica 2, Turturica, Rusu.
Bosnia (Nebojsa Golic): Mehinagic, Isakovic 1, Misetic 4, Nedic 5, Vuksic 2, Primorac 7, Barakovic, Klis 2, Faric, Lukic 2, Hadzic 3, Malbasic, Knezevic, Grahovac 5, Rikanovic, Ceric, Hodzic.
Suspensions: 1 – 4, Team penalties: 4/6– 3/3