A little after France’s easy victory on North Macedonia (24-14), Saturday in Skopje, the Netherlands, which appear in the same groupin turn, won against Romania (29-28) on the first day of the group stage of the Euro.
The Dutch led for almost the entire game, but never got rid of their opponents. They had a two-goal lead in the final minutes. The final Romanian goal, signed Eliza Buceschi, came 15 seconds from the end of the match. Too fair to come back to score. For the Netherlands, Laure van der Heijden had a clear shot, with seven goals from as many attempts.
Eight goals for Germany’s Alina Grijseels
In group D, in Podgorica, Spain, fourth in the World Cup last year, was dominated by Montenegro (30-23), one of the host countries of the Euro (along with Slovenia and North Macedonia). The Spaniards were already trailing by three goals (12-9) at the break and were then left behind.
Finally, in the same group, Germany, quarter-finalists of the 2021 World Cup, beat Poland (25-23). The Germans trailed before taking the lead in the last five minutes and winning. Alina Grijseels contributed to the victory, with her eight goals.