Hungary had the obligation to win against the weakest rival in group B, which is developing in Bietigheim-Bissingem, in order to keep hopes alive to adavance to the next round, and from the first moment, they didn’t let it slip. Athough Argentina had a similar start as that of the first two matches when they were close to their opponents, this time the break came early from the Europeans.
After 13’ they were leading 6-4, but from then on they extended the lead to 12-4 thanks to the mishandling of the Argentinian attack who tried to reduce the gap by using the 7th player. The conducted by Kim Rasmussen were showing seriousness and he was able to rotate the squad an use players who hadn’t had that many minutes on the previos matches. Kinga Janurik’s performance on the first 30 minutes explain part of Hungary’s success. The first half finished 19-6, with the last goal being an in-flight from Argentina.
On the second half, Hungary continued to extend the lead and it was impossible for Argentina to come back. The inclusion of Florencia Ponce de León (5 goals) changed the face of the coached by Eduardo Peruchena for a few moments, but her team couldn’t find the way to Janurik’s goal and in the end the result was 33-15 for the Europeans, who can now set their minds into their next rival: Poland. The top scorer of the match was Anna Kovacs with 7 goals and the MVP was Kinga Janurik.
“This game was important for us, and they kept fighting and it was very difficult for us sometimes in the defense, we had to be really focused. We’re happy with the victory, it’s good to be finally on the board with two points. I got to play with many players that didn’t play so much, so it was a good game for us, resting some key players. It was a good day at the office”, summarized Kim Rasmussen in press conference.
The look of relief was difficult to hide, whereas dissappointment was visible on the other side of the table. Top scorer from Argentina, Ponce de León, expressed: “We had a good start, but we were unable to sustain it throughout the match. We’ve been fighting good in the previous matches, but today we had a low point and we need to keep on working in order to improve. But matches like this are the ones that help us improve, grow, and get closer to this professionalism, so we need to learn from these games”.
On Thursday, after the day off for group B, Hungary will open the session when they meet Poland in a crucial match for the qualification for the next round, while Argentina, who’s mathematically headed to the President’s Cup will play against Sweden at 18hs on the second match of the day.