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Date: 12/20/2015
 

Both placement matches on the final day of Denmark 2015 will see teams wanting to end on a win, with one eye on their final position and the Rio 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament group confirmation.

Jyske Bank BOXEN, Herning
Placement Match 7/8
France vs Montenegro (09:45 local time)


Camille Ayglon celebrated her 200th appearance for France with a bouquet of flowers before their play-off against Russia but they did not cheer up a French side who were lacklustre in a 31:25 loss which leaves Alain Portes’ French side hoping to address a run of two successive defeats.

He will be looking to his ever-reliable pairing of Allison Pineau (36 goals) and Alexandra Lacrabere (28 goals / 27 assists) to provide the firepower as Amandine Leynaud in goal and with the most court time for the French at five hours defends their goal.

Against Russia, France succumbed to a 7:0 run and Gnosniane Niombla, one of France's highlights of Denmark 2015 to date, was show a red card after receiving her third two-minute penalty late on.

To cap off a bad day at the office for the French, star player and world handball icon Allison Pineau slipped on court and turned over on her left ankle, but after treatment she walked off court and appeared to be in no trouble at the end of the match.

Dragan Adzic will take his Montenegrin side into the match after his side failed in front of goal against the hosts Denmark to lose 28:20 in their previous match.

It was rare to see Montenegro flounder, thanks to Danish heroics in goal as top scorer Jovanka Radicevic has a whopping 53 goals – topping the Denmark 2015 scoring charts alongside Cristina Neagu, closely followed by Katarina Bulatovic on 43, who lies sixth overall. Adzic relies on Radicevic (7hrs 32mins on court to date at Denmark 2015) and Majda Mehmedovic (7hrs 16) and will be looking to them along with goalkeeper Sonja Barjaktarovic (34% tournament save rate) to help his side finish on a positive note.

Placement Match 5/6
Russian Federation vs Denmark (12:15 local time)

The Russian Federation and Denmark recorded wins on the first day of Placement Round matches with the Russians beating France 31:25 and Denmark beating Montenegro 28:20.

Even though the Danes will be the more disappointed out of the two teams not to make the final on home soil, they will be keen to provide a lunchtime win for the home supporters as they say goodbye to the Boxen.

Russia defeated a lacklustre French side and were clearly the superior team for large parts of the match as France suffered.

Evgeniy Trefilov's side raced to an 11:3 lead with the impressive right wing Anna Vyakhereva picking up the best player of the match.

Denmark again had an excellent goalkeeping performance, this time with Rikke Poulsen keeping the Montenegrins at bay and her 40% overall tournament save rate and top place in the 7m penalty shot saves table speaks volumes about her quality.

With the Danish squad sharing court time, the real key players include Stine Jorgensen with 41 strikes and 22 assists alongside Anne Hansen with 32 strikes.

Russia, who have won seven out of their eight games played at Denmark 2015 – their shock 21:20 quarter-final loss to Poland – have a variety of options with Vyakhereva their top scorer on 45 goals, followed by Ekaterina Ilina on 36.

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