19 Aug. 2011
2nd Semi-final: Denmark – France 29:26 (13:16)
As expected by the experts, also the second semi-final was a thrilling game. In its initial phase, the leadership changed constantly. The flexible French defense caused Denmark major difficulties. But also the French attack was repeatedly stopped by a closed Danish defense. So, no team had decisive advantages. After all it was also visible, that both teams were tired after in their sixth match in nine days. Consequently the speed was not so high as in previous matches. Denmark and France scored more and more goals with the help of individual actions of the back court players. But the French youngsters (World- and Olympic Champions) made less mistakes and worked agile in defense. This way of playing led them to a 16:13 advantage after the first 30 minutes. The second half was a typical semi-final: In the beginning it was France who was leading 21:17. But with four goals in a row Denmark approached a 21:21-draw: That was the key scene in the match. Only one team played: Denmark. France could not longer compete and the Scandinavians took the lead and won in the end with a clear 29:26.