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Date: 7/30/2016

Denmark were the first team confirmed for the 2016 IHF Women’s Youth World Championship final after they defeated Norway by nine goals in the opening semi-final. The Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2015 champions now prepare to face the team they beat in the final of last year’s European championship – Russia – after they won their semi-final against Korea to end the evening in AEGON Arena.  

AEGON Arena, Saturday 30 July
Norway vs Denmark 18:27 (10:11)

After seven minutes of a one-for-one game, when the score stood at 4:3 in favour of Norway, Denmark coach Heine Mogensen Eriksen called his first time-out. The captain of his side, Kristina Jorgensen, added a fast-break goal to equalise at 4:4 soon after, and the score remained level as Denmark goalkeeper Laerke Sofie Sorensen made a save. 

The score progressed slowly as both sides played excellent defence backed by their keepers, with Norway’s Eline Fagerheim also causing trouble for Denmark’s shooters. Denmark created a narrow edge at 5:4, and Norway coach Vigdis Holmeset requested her first time-out as the 15-minute mark approached. 

Eriksen began to change through his bench in anticipation of the close 45 minutes he expected to follow, and Cecilie Kollerup Thomsen came into centre back to add a great goal that earned Denmark a two-goal lead at 6:4 just past the 15th minute. From that point the Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2015 champions maintained a steady one to two-goal edge, as their 6-0 and saves from Sorensen made it difficult for Norway to find the goal. 

Just after the 20-minute mark left wing Emma Cecilie Urhskov Friis scored a penalty that took Denmark three in front at 9:6. Both Fagerheim and Sorensen made difficult saves that kept the score at 9:7 in Denmark’s favour in the 24th minute, before Ane Hovland scored from the six-metre line to close the gap to 8:9 as the last five minutes of the half began. 

Norway equalised just seconds later courtesy of a ground shot from Guro Nestaker (9:9), and they took the lead at 10:9 before Hermine Auberg received the first two-minute suspension of the match in the 28th. Friis converted the penalty called as a result and with two minutes left in the half the score stayed equal at 10:10. With seconds left on the clock Nicoline Norgaard Olsen scored a ground shot that gave Denmark a one-goal edge at the break, and when the match resumed they quickly moved further ahead. 

Through the opening minutes of the period Denmark recorded a 4:1 run that took the score to 15:11, and with 15 minutes left on the clock they retained that same advantage at 20:16. Karoline Olsen scored a fast break to decrease the deficit to three at 17:20, but Denmark then kept Norway scoreless for five minutes while they added two more goals to lead 22:17 when coach Holmeset used her third time-out. 

The time-out did not help Norway find an answer for their opponents’ strong finish, and the last 10 minutes belonged completely to Denmark. While Norway added only two goals in the last quarter of the game, Denmark stormed home to record a clear nine-goal win to qualify for the final. 

Best players of the match: Eline FAGERHEIM (NOR), Nikoline Skals LUNDGREEN (DEN)

Russia vs Korea 27:23 (13:9)

After Russia created a 3:0 lead inside the first three minutes Korea coach Seong Ok Oh reacted with her first time-out, during which she was clearly instructing her team to stand strong in defence against their taller opponents. Her side stopped Russia’s next attack and settled into the game to close the gap to 2:3 at the five-minute mark when goalkeeper Joeun Park saved Antonina Skorobogatchenko’s shot. 

Ayeong Kim scored a penalty less than a minute later and the Asian team were then level at 3:3 as their defence began to work effectively – though they could not stop the strong outside shots from Russia’s backcourt as Karina Sabirova took the European side one in front to 4:3. Skorobogatchenko scored on a counter attack and Russia moved in front by two to 5:3. 

As the clock ticked on Korea came within one but Sabirova again opened up the two-goal advantage for Russia just after the 10-minute mark (6:4). At the other end of the court Russia goalkeeper Mariia Duvakina was causing Korea a headache with several saves that stopped them closing the gap, while Park was having some trouble stopping the European team’s shots. 

When Serafima Tikhanova saved a penalty shot off Ayeong Kim in the 13th minute the momentum was firmly behind Russia, who retained a 7:5 lead despite a two-minute suspension for Mariia Dudina. Midway through the half Russia had inched further in front to 8:5 as Tikhanova came into the goal and stopped Korea’s first attack against her, but then the Asian team came chasing and decreased the deficit to one at 8:9 five minutes later. 

Korea kept the one-goal score line and looked on their way to equalise with a fast break in the 24th, before Duvakina made a great save and her team converted into a goal at the other end of the court to regain the two-goal advantage at 11:9. After that Korea really ran into trouble against the tall 6-0 and were kept scoreless for the remainder of the half, while Russia rampaged to the break creating a six-goal lead by half-time. 

Five minutes in to the second period Korea had decreased the gap to four (12:16) as Suyeon Kim replaced Park between the posts, but from there Russia reclaimed firm control to pull ahead to a six-goal lead at 20:14 with a goal from Sabirova. When Russia were in front 22:16 in the 53rd minute Ok Oh used her second time-out, but it did little to help and as the clock wound into the last five minutes Russia were still comfortably in front at 25:20. 

The Asian team moved up to man-on-man defence with the score at 26:21 in the 58th, before Sabirova found the six-metre line to score an easy goal that put them six in front – at which point it was too late for Korea. 

Best players of the match: Joeun PARK (KOR), Mariia DUDINA (RUS)