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Croatia to the European Championship final - after double the extension drama


The gas-hugging semi-final between Norway and Croatia had it all. A match with dazzling play, good speed and a lot of will never wanted to end but demanded a winner. In the end, it was Croatia that won one of the European Championships biggest extension drama, where Norway hit the post in its last attack and Croatia decided - with only five seconds left.

Actually, it didn't matter if Croatia had a two-goal lead or three-goal lead during the match's regular match time. Norway would come back no matter what. It was more or less the whole of this handball semifinal between Norway and Croatia looked like 60 minutes.

After an hour of play, the meeting between the two teams had offered 46 goals distributed on 23 each and overtime waited.

Then two tired and worn teams stepped out onto the blue carpet in Stockholm and were forced to make a decision. A decisive factor that would fall on the team that endured.

During the overtime, it was the fine game that both teams offered for over 60 minutes as blown away and it was noticed that there was a lot of lactic acid in their legs. Only one goal each was scored during the first overtime period of five minutes and the situation was 24-24 ahead of the last five minutes.

The question was which ones were the tiredest and after two or five minutes of overtime was the answer? No.

For in the absolute last second of the overtime with the score 26-25 to Norway, Croatia received a penalty. Forwards, the Croatian big giant Domagoj Duvnjak stepped up and put 26-26 which took the semi-final to a second extension.

There were many players with cramps and the same feeling was over the attacks which opened up for counter-attacks. 28-28 was the result after the first period and it was noticed that each goal was now worth gold.

The result was up to the last minute of the match when Norway got the ball after a Croatian mistake. But in the attack, Norway would be as close to a decisive one as possible.

With less than 20 seconds left Göran Johannessen came up with a good angle and all the surface in the world but hit the post. Instead, Croatia grabbed the ball and counter-attacked. Croatia came forward and after a little bumping they got the ball Zeljko Musa.

Source: svt

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