There was nothing at stake, past ending as excessive as attainable within the championship standings and saying goodbye with good emotions, and stripped of all stress the ‘Guerreras’ had been capable of develop their finest sport within the first half-hour. Intensely from the beginning, they supplied maybe their finest first half at Herning’s Jyske Financial institution Boxen.

With a partial beginning 6-0 and displaying nice defensive depth, Spain already dominated by 5 objectives exceeded the primary ten minutes (2-7), an earnings that was defended all through the primary half and that allowed them to suggest plus.

Thus, he was higher destabilizing from the entrance row and did a whole lot of harm from the left finish, the place Jennifer Gutiérrez, with 4 objectives at relaxation, was incontestable. All of this benefiting from the Balkan’s turnovers and lowering their very own.

As well as, Silvia Navarro’s reliability underneath sticks, with 5 stops through the first half-hour, and the Spanish defensive solidity slowed the Montenegrin push, and solely the second prime scorer of the event, Jovanka Radicevic, was capable of preserve the Balkans within the struggle ( 4). Finally, the ‘Guerreras’ left with a six-goal lead at halftime (11-17).

Nevertheless, the relief took its toll across the altering room. Little by little, the Balkans had been countering a Spain that missed too many launches and was dropping its earnings. Not even the timeout with which Viver alerted his gamers with 18-20 prevented Kim Rasmussen’s from equalizing the competition 12 minutes after the restart (20-20).

After a number of minutes of equality, Montenegro managed for the primary time to get forward from the preliminary 1-0 with solely 4 minutes remaining (25-24). At 26-26, the final possession was for the Spanish, however Ljubica Nenezic, named Participant of the Match, deflected the final pitch.

Spain says goodbye on this manner with a victory, two attracts and three defeats of the continental championship. Now, the ‘Warriors’ solely have to consider the long run and face an thrilling 12 months that might make them smile once more. First, they must seal their ticket to Tokyo on the Pre-Olympic in Lliria (Valencia) from March 19 to 21, and they’re going to shut the 12 months with the long-awaited World Cup in Spain.


-RESULT: MONTENEGRO, 26 – SPAIN, 26 (11-17, at halftime).


MONTENEGRO: Babovic (p), Nenezic (p), Batinovic (p); Radicevic (7), Jaukovic (5), Pletikosic, Mugosa, Dzaferovic, A. Klikovac, Ujkic, Ramusovic, B. Klikovac (2), Mehmedovic (4), Despotovic (4), Grbic (4) and Vukcevic.

SPAIN: Silvia Navarro (p), Mercedes Castellanos (p); Marta López (1), Carmen Martín (2), Carmen Campos (2), Jennifer Gutiérrez (4), Nerea Pena (6), Lara González (2), Soledad López (2), Kaba Gassama, Alicia Fernández, Almudena Rodríguez (2), Ainhoa ​​Hernández (3), Lysa Tchaptchet and Mireya González (2).

-PARTIAL EVERY FIVE MINUTES: 1-3, 2-6, 3-10, 6-12, 8-15, 11-16 -at break-; 13-18, 17-20, 20-21, 22-22, 24-24 and 26-26.

– REFEREES: Viktorija Kijauskaite and Ausra Zaliene (LIT). They excluded two minutes to A.Klikovac and B.Klikovac on the a part of Montenegro and Carmen Campos, Mireya González and Jennifer Gutiérrez on the a part of Spain.

TABLE: Jyske Financial institution Boxen de Herning.