Sweden won the bronze medal at the Women’s EHF EURO 2014! The Swedish girls had better concentration in the final part of the match and Johanna Bundsen between the posts, who stopped Montegrian shooters in the decisive moments. At the end, Sweden got the place on the medal podium by 25:23 (12:11) victory over former European champions and gave revenge after defeat in the Main Round match in Zagreb four days ago.
The girls coached by Dragan Adžić opened the clash for the medal in good rhytm with series of goals by Marija Jovanović and Katarina Bulatović, which gave them three goals distance over the rival – 8:5 (16.). Sweden lost Linnea Tortenson in the early stage of the match, after experienced left back made „stupid“ foul over Majda Mehmedović in counter-attack and deserved to be sent off (12th minute).
Sweden levelled at 10:10 in 24th minute, after a few outstanding minutes of Ida Oden, the righthander on the right back position, who took the decisive role in the attack and became unstoppable for her guards.
However, Marija Jovanović scored twice before the half-time buzzer (12:11) which increased the chances of the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 winners to take the third medal since London 2012 (silver).
More players in rotation gave advantage to the Scandi girls through the match. The EURO 2014 MVP Isabelle Gullden opened the second half in the classy style with three goals in a row, and extension of unbeliavable series of 7-meter throws (27/27) on this Championship.
Sweden scored five goals for the first 4 minutes and 20 seconds of the second half and turned the match into their own hands.
Katarina Bulatović was the most important player in the system of Dragan Adžić for overcoming the crisis. Her goals, once again, levelled the result – 18:18, when Swedish bench was forced to call time-out.
The new boost of energy for the Scandi girls gave Alhm and Johansson for two goals lead – 22:20, only 10 minutes for the final-whistle. After they didn’t score for +3, Montenegro put all the efforts to stay in the match until the end. Pavićević and Jovanović scored for 22:22 in 55. minute.
Since that moment, the most important face on the court became Swedish goalie Johanna Bundsen. The member of Savehof saved a few open shots by Montenegrian gunners and paved the way to the medal podium.
About 20 second before the end (25:23), she saved penalty throw when celebration began….