For the first time ever, extra time was needed to decide a men’s EURO semi-final – and Norway were the unlucky losers
The 23rd semi-final of a Men’s EHF EURO made history: On Friday night, Germany were the first to clinch a berth in the final with an extra-time win.
Their 34:33 (27:27) over Norway after 70 thrilling and equal minutes was secured with the last action – a shot from Kai Häfner with only two seconds until the final buzzer.
While the unlucky Norwegians reeled in shock, the Germans danced on the court, celebrating their third final qualification in Men’s EHF EURO history after they made it to the ultimate match in 2002 and 2004.
“Had someone told me three weeks ago, that we would be in the final, I probably would not have believed it not. But it was such a crazy tournament and we have still one crazy match and we want to win it,” said Erik Schmidt.
Despite an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Ole Erevik (16 saves) Norway lost their first ever semi-final and will now fight for the bronze medal.
The result means the two European tickets for the Olympic Qualification Tournaments are confirmed for Norway and Sweden.
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