Norway’s popular women’s national handball team made another demonstrative show of force on Friday, beating the Netherlands’ team by a score of 32-23. Their latest victory propels the Norwegian women to the finals of the handball world championships in Germany.
State broadcaster NRK reported that the Norwegian women, who trounced their Russian rivals earlier in the week, were never threatened by the Netherlands. They were favoured to win, and they did not disappoint.
“We knew that if our defense was as good as it was against Russia, we’d do well,” head goach Thorir Hergeirsson told NRK. Star handball player Nora Mørk made it clear that she and her teammates don’t take anything for granted. “There’s an enormous amount of work behind every match,” Mørk told reporters after her team’s latest victory.
Some commentators claimed Norway had never played better. The Netherlands’ coach withdrew the team’s best players towards the end of the match, to save them for their own duel over the bronze medal on Sunday. Norway, meanwhile, will be going for gold once again.