It was called a “difficult and painful” evening for Norway’s women’s handball team Monday night, when they struggled to prevail over Poland’s national squad. The pain turned into relief when they did win, by just two points.
Sports commentators said the Norwegians were behind from the start, with the Polish women proving to be much tougher than expected. More than a million Norwegian fans followed the match on TV before it finally ended in victory, with a score of 26-24.
That sends Norway straight to the semi-finals at the European Championships that continue to play out this week in Hungary and Croatia. The Norwegians have won all five matches since competition began last week, maintaining their tradition of being one of the world’s strongest women’s handball teams. They’ve won Olympic gold and myriad championships before.
Now they’ll face Hungary before semi-final action begins on Friday.