While they were largely leading in the first period, and they had a throw of seven meters in the last second in their favor, the Blue conceded a draw against Sweden on Thursday (28-28).
The Blue held the match point. The French handball players let the victory slip away against Sweden (28-28) in the Tokyo Olympic tournament on Thursday at the Yoyogi stadium, where Grâce Zaadi missed the decisive penalty at the last second. This result forces the players of Olivier Krumbholz, after their loss against Spain (25-28), to two positive results against Russia (under neutral flag) on Saturday, then Brazil on Monday to rank among the first four teams of their group and see the quarter-finals.
Grace Zaadi’s seven-meter throw, stopped in the last second by Swedish goalkeeper Jessica Ryde, made it difficult for them. “I have nothing special to say about this 7 meter jet», Confided the half-center afterwards. “I would have liked to transform it and take the colon, but it didn’t work. I missed it or the goalkeeper stopped it, that’s part of the game. I’m disgusted but hey, I’m going to sleep anyway tonight because we have a match against Russia ahead of us.It is true that it is not the only fault of this result half-fig half-grape, since the French squandered a lead of five goals in the first period (15-10 in the 23rd).
When you’re leading a five, I can’t understand why you can’t push them down.
Sweden were so far the most impressive team in the group, crushing Russia (36-24) and Spain (31-24). But this Thursday, she suffered like never before. And should have bowed. “I’ll put a stop to the team, but it’s the same problem as usual“, Blurted Béatrice Edwige, exasperated, estimating”anecdotal»The missed penalty. “When you’re leading a five, I can’t understand why you can’t push them down. Nor why we lose balloons in attack and why we have so many shooting failures», Regrets the pivot.
After leading widely and seeming to have the business well in hand, the Blue returned to the locker room in front of in extremis (17-16), thanks to a shot nine meters from Zaadi. Singularity of this match, the draw, perceived as positive the day before, had a taste of too little when leaving the Shibuya district by coach. “We must not forget that the Swedes have walked in the first two matches and that they are put to a halt», Positive however Olivier Krumbholz. Their howls with each ball won showed the importance they attached to this meeting against Sweden. A meeting to reaffirm their status against those who had made the strongest impression.
Here I can tell you that the game against the Russians, nobody is going to think that it will be easy.
But the French goalkeepers were not very successful, whether it was Amandine Leynaud before the break (2 saves, 11%) or Cléopatre Darleux afterwards (4 saves in total, 27%). Two interventions by the Brest goalkeeper were however decisive in the last four minutes, to offer a match point in the last seconds. The French will be expected against the Russians, the same ones who had deprived the Blue of Olympic gold in the final in Rio, the only title missing from the charts of the players of Olivier Krumbholz, 2017 world champions and 2018 European champions. .
Unrecognizable against Brazil (24-24) and then pulverized by Sweden (36-24), the Russians have found some strength against Hungary (38-31). “We felt the great danger», Explained their left-back Anna Sen. “After our victory against Hungary, we believed that the Spanish would be affordable and, as luck would have it, we unscrewed, warns Olivier Krumbholz. So here I can tell you that the game against the Russians, nobody is going to think that it will be easy.“