Norway’s national women’s handball team had a great long weekend at the World Championships in Denmark, with three more victories that propelled them into the quarterfinals. They were due to be back in action Wednesday evening, against a new powerful rival.
After starting their World Championship play with a loss against Russia in their group competing in Fredrikshavn, the Norwegian women went on a winning streak. They trounced Puerto Rico and Kazakhstan and on Thursday night they beat Romania by a score of 26-22.
On Friday night their success continued with a hard-won victory over Spain, 29-26. That sent them into the next round of competition on Sunday, when they also beat Germany by a score of 28-22. At one point, Germany was ahead 7-6, but Norway powered back and secured its spot in the quarterfinals, where they are expected to meet Montenegro on Wednesday when the action moves from Fredrikshavn to Herning in Denmark. Montenegro was playing against Angola on Monday and highly favoured for quarterfinal action.
Norway’s women’s handball team is wildly popular in Norway, after winning gold in the last two Summer Olympics and becoming not only European Champions but World Champions in 2011. They slipped to fifth place in the last World Championships two years ago, so are keen on revenge. Montenegro has already beaten Japan, Hungary, Tunisia and Denmark in this year’s tournament, and tied against Serbia.