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Date: 12/11/2018

The last time Russia reached the Women’s EHF EURO semi-finals was 10 years ago, when they went on to claim the bronze medal in 2008. On Monday night in Hall XXL, Nantes, the Olympic champions broke that 10-year drought when they took a convincing victory over Denmark. In the second match of the evening, Serbia lost their chance to progress to the next round as they were defeated by Montenegro in a thrilling derby.


Rio 2016 MVP Anna Vyakhireva appears to become stronger every time she steps on the court at the EURO in France. On Monday night, the right back was a key figure in Russia’s 32:21 victory versus 2016 semi-finalists Denmark, scoring nine goals from nine attempts as she led her side in attack.


With a 14:9 advantage at half-time, Russia were comfortably in front and did not falter, securing two points that mean they will proceed to the semi-finals and also finish on top of Group I no matter the remaining results in the main round. Goalkeeper Anna Sedoykina was awarded player of the match after her 14-save game – and even her first goal at an EHF EURO.


Led by six goals each from left wing Majda Mehmedovic, left back Durdina Jaukovic and centre back Milena Raicevic, Montenegro pulled off an impressive comeback to claim a one-goal win in an exciting encounter with Serbia. Serbia were in front 15:12 at the break, before Montenegro fought back to take the advantage. Raicevic pulled Montenegro in front 28:25 with just over two minutes remaining, before Serbia threatened a draw with the final two goals of the match – but the 2012 Olympic silver medallists held on to take the win, 28:27.


The results of Monday night’s matches mean Denmark and Serbia are out of the semi-final race, while Montenegro, France and Sweden are locked in a battle to secure the second ticket to the next stage and follow Russia to the medal round in Paris. All will be decided on the final day of Group I matches on Wednesday December 12, when Montenegro will play Denmark, Sweden will meet Russia and Serbia will take on hosts France.


More information on the EHF EURO can be found on the official website.


Photo: Jure Erzen / Kolektiff