Like an early final!

On Friday evening, four of our Parisians went head to head in the opening match of the 2018 European championship. In Porec, Croatia, Luc, Nikola, Nedim and France defeated Sander and Norway 32-31.

Just a week after France's 27-25 win in the Golden League in Rouen, the two sides met again for their first match of the Euro in a replay of the last world championship final. Courtesy of an excellent Nikola Karabatic, Les Experts were quickly in front (10’ : 6-4).

But Norway fought back and Paris' Sander Sagosen soon squared the game (15’ : 8-8). gameThe Scandinavian side was in stunning form and led 15-17 at the break.

Les Bleus returned from the interval with renewed ambition and Luc Abalo kept his country in contact (38’ : 20-22). LcontacNorway had several chances to move four goals to the good but were repeatedly denied by Vincent Gérard. Lucio netted a quick-fire double to set up a thrilling finish (50’ : 26-27).

Like an early final!

After trailing for much of the match, Les Experts tied the game through Valentin Porte, perfectly assisted by Nikola Karabatic (56’ : 30-30). Luc continued his breath-taking second half by firing Les Bleus in front (58’ : 31-30). front. The defence then held firm as France recorded a thrilling 32-31 win.

Like an early final!

It was a fiercely competitve match vetwebetween two sides that should go a lonlong way in the competition.  Nedim Remili and his compatriots next play austria on Sunday while Sander will take on Belarus later the same day.

Nikola Karabatic: "We knew it was going to be a tough game. Norvway played very well but we are very strong and showed a great mentality. We never let our heads drop. Winning like this is great!".

Like an early final!

Luc Abalo: "This was a great victory for the whole team. We really stuck together and we always knew we could win it. At the Euro, every match is important and we knew that winning here is good for the next games."

(Crédits : PSG)