Sola too strong for Besancon
Sola HK, whose round 1 match had been postponed last week, opened the group stage of the EHF European League Women with a 39:32 win at ES Besancon Feminin.
- Besancon led 3:1 early in the game, but then Sola claimed the initiative, as Camilla Herrem netted four times already by minute 7
- the Norwegian team hit the 20-goal mark already in the first half, boasting a 81 per cent shot efficiency before the break
- Besancon closed the gap to 31:28 with 12 minutes to go, but following a timeout called by Steffen Stegavik, Sola enjoyed a 4:0 run
- experienced Herrem was Sola’s top scorer with nine goals
- while Sola have two points, Besancon have now lost both group matches so far, conceding as many as 77 goals
Granier’s impact not enough
Lucie Granier, who recently won a silver medal with France at the Women’s World Championship 2021, is one of Besancon’s leaders, and she proved it in the match against Sola.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a good individual performance, scoring 11 goals from 13 attempts, yet her impact was not enough as Besancon had big problems in defence and suffered their second straight defeat.
Steffen Stormo Stegavik, Sola HK head coach: “Our team played an incredibly well and good game. The game was a big win for Sola in our first game in European League group phase.”
Kristina Sirum Novak, Sola HK back: “It was a game with fast handball, and a great battle with many goals. Despite some technical errors, we managed to bring two important points from France.”
Sébastien Mizoule, ES Besançon Feminin head coach: "I'm frustrated to have conceded many goals tonight. 38 in Hungary, 39 tonight."
Alizée Frecon, ES Besancon Feminin centre back: "It hurts my head to take so many goals in two EHF European League games."