CROATIA – HUNGARY 25-32 (14-15)
Croatia and Hungary played a very intense and nervous game which ended in favour of the latter side with 32-25.
The Magyars imposed with a commanding way their tough defensive game-style and took the lead form the opening minutes. The Croats tried to respond to their opponents’ physical game, but they were unable to pose a serious threat, as Hungary kept on replying in every Croatian goal. A close man-to-may defense on Hungary’s playmaker in the last five minutes didn’t bear fruits either.
Boris Dvorsek (Assistant Coach – Croatia): “Congratulations to Hungary. They were the better side in all aspects of the game and deserved to win. We tried to catch them in the second half by making some changes, but we made too many individual; errors and thus our plan didn’t pay off.”
Attila Vago (Coach – Hungary): “The tournament is very good. We have the chance to play against teams that are using different technique and tactics. My players met altogether for the first time last September and this is only our first tournament. I trust we will manage to display on court what we have prepared over the past seventh months in training. The game against Croatia was quite tense with both teams playing extremely hard – although using different tactics – in defence. I want to congratulate Croatia – they have a really strong team.”
Timeline (5 min): 1-3, 2-7, 7-10, 9-11, 10-13, 14-15 (halftime), 15-19, 17-21, 20-23, 21-26, 23-28, 25-32
CROATIA (Zoran Mlinaric): Puric, Kajba, Kolic, Vrbic, Dzaja 4, Medic 2, Starcevic 1, Hancic, Ivankovic 4, Brajdic 1, Safranko 1, David, Druzinec 3, Kraljevic 1, Javor 2, Zaja 7.
HUNGARY (Attila Vago): Gyori, Toth Peter 3, Holdosi 4, Szeles 1, Kecskes 1, Toth Patrik, Balint 4, Szasz, Fulop, Kohegyi 5, Palfi, Papp Krisztian 4, Papp Bence 8, Bodnar, Rosta, Vajda 1.
Referees: Giorgos Tsamos (GRE), Aggelos Fokitis (GRE). 2min: 8-9, 7m: 1/2-3/4, red card: 55:48 Zaja (), 37:26 Hancic (3-2min)/43:29 Toth Pa. (3-2min)