Euro Handball Poland 2014

GROUP I2: Belarus wins against Romania

Belarus won their game against Romania 32:29. Thanks to good second half they were able to make three goals difference and enjoy their victory. 


Game started with two quick goals from both sides and after almost 50 seconds the result was 1:1. Firstly Romania seemed to be quite confident in attack but soon they didn’t score twice and Belarus had chance to draw, as they had 7 meter. However well game started Richard Freiwald, who saved penalty shoot. Belarus managed to make draw while later, but their mistakes in offence let Romanians lead 3:5 after goal of well disposed Leonard Stefan. Belarus didn’t want to give up and they took back draw minutes later as scored Artsem Karalek. Romanians started to have some problems and after goals of Maksim Sonchyk and Artur Karvatski they took lead 8:6.

After that Romania managed to draw again with scored of Marius Pop. The result 8:8 wasn’t changing to 20th minute, when way to goal found again Marius Pop. Game was mostly goal for goal and any of team couldn’t find away to breakthrough. Also coaches weren’t thinking about time-outs to put their teams together. When Belarus was taking one goal advantage soon Romania draw. With five minutes to the end of first half Romanians lost the ball and opponents had chance to make two goals difference, but on their way was Richard Freiwald. After that coach Octavian Hartoaga asked for one minute break, which have result with lead of his team 11:13 after goals by Roland Thalmaier and Alexandru Manescu. However they didn’t bring it till the end of first part and five seconds before end for 15:15 scored Maksim Sonchyk.

First minutes of second half were quite close but then Romanians started to make mistakes what used Belarus and was leading again. They had opportunities to enlarge it but in few situations better was again Richard Freiwald. When coach Mikalai Zhuk noticed problems of his team he immediately asked for time-out. With time advantage of his players was growing and minutes later for break asked Octavian Hartoaga as the result showed 23:18. That didn’t really help his players who kept making the same mistakes.

With ten minutes to end of the game there were still five goals advantage of Belarus. It seemed like Romania is powerless and without conception. They had a great chance to reduce difference as they were playing with one more player but soon also Alexandru Cuciureanu from Romanian team got punishment and they weren’t able to do it. In last minutes well game started to play Alexandru Laslo but that was not enough for his team to win. Belarus was keeping five goals distance and Hartoaga’s players couldn’t find they rhythm from first half and yesterdays game. However in last minutes they were able to score two goals more and finally game ended with result 32:19.



Mikalai Zhuk, Belarus, coach: We were expecting tough game. We knew that Romania isn’t a weak team. We were afraid that in this game we will do the same as in games with Poland and Croatia when we were leading and then lost or draw. I want to thank my players that despite they are very tired they managed to fight.

Maksim Sonchyk, Belarus, player: One year ago we played with Romania during tournament in Poland. We lost that game and today we had our chance to take revenge. We played very well today, we were better and finally we won. I am glad about that.

Octavian Hartoaga, Romania, coach: Unfortunately for us we lost that game. We made many mistakes in attack and defense and that cost us that game. I hope that we will fight in next stage and we will look better in next games. Now we are going to have very hard game in Gdańsk, playing for places 13-16.

Richard Freiwald, Romania, player: For us it was very hard game. We made a lot of mistakes and we lost our chance for World Championships. We have to work now and we are looking forward to playing next games in Gdańsk.


BELARUS– ROMANIA 32:29 (15:15)

Belarus: Ukhau, Yaromenka, Sadaunichy – Baklazhets, Karalek 4, Karvatski 5, Kulak 1, Kulesh 2, Lashchakou, Padshyvalau 8, Pashkou, Sasulin 1, Satsiuk, Sonchyk 11, Yermashevich, Yurynok.
MVP: Maksim Sonchyk.
7 metres: 2/3.
5×2 min. (Karvatski – 2×2 min.; Sonchyk, Baklazhets,Padshyvalau).

Romania: Marusca, Apostu, Freiwald – Broasca, Cuciureanu, Dumitru 1, Gal, Laslo 5, C. Manescu, A. Manescu 4, Moldovan 1, Pop 1, Simo, Stefan 10, Thalmaier 4, Uruianu 3.
MVP: Richard Freiwald
7 meters: 2/2.
Suspensions: 6×2 min. (Pop, Moldovan, Sumitru, Thalmaier, Cuciureanu, Broasca).

Referees: Robin Sager and Stefan Styger (Switzerland).
Supervisor: Richard Johansson (Sweden).
Observer: Pablo Permuy (Spain).

1 Chorwacja Croatia 3 2 1 0 107:87 +20 5
2 blr Belarus 3 2 1 0 93:87 +6 5
3 Rumunia Romania 3 1 0 2 85:98 -13 2
4 CzechyCzech Republic 3 0 0 3 82:95 -13 0