Norway’s national women’s handball team was jubilant after beating arch-rival Denmark in the latest of its matches at the European Championships in Hungary on Thursday. A new handball star was born as well, as Silje Solberg became the latest in a string of Norwegian goalkeepers over the years to put on an impressive performance.
“It gives an enormous sense of security for the team to have a solid goalkeeper,” player Betina Riegelhuth told newspaper Aftenposten after “Super-Silje” (pronounced “sill-ya”) helped fend off the Danes on the way to the team’s 27-21 victory. Denmark had led 13-12 at half-time, and Norwegian coach Thorir Hergeirsson also won credit for turning things around.
The Norwegians won their opening match against Romania on Sunday and went on to beat Ukraine on Tuesday. They’ll head into the next phase of competition with a full score as they face Spain on Saturday, followed by matches against Poland and Hungary next week. If they prevail, they’ll play in the semi-finals in Budapest on Friday, followed by the finals on Sunday.