Russia vs Romania
Romania has looked surprisingly good against Norway considering the transition period through which ROU is enganed at the moment; a new coach, albeit being one of the best in women's handball, if not the best, the spaniard Martin Ambros, so a new philosophy, new strategies and so on. Some of the important players in the past decade like Bradeanu, Elisei, or even Nechita will not feature here in Sweden for different reasons and they make way for many fresh faces that have left a good impression in the first match (Zamfir, Iuganu, Chiper). ROU at the moment is still work in progress but many positive signs are already visible like the fighting spirit that Ambros knows how to imbue his teams with.
Russia on the other hand is the olympic champion and Trefilov has made many changes in his team for this Euro with players like Ilina, Kuznetsova, Bliznova, Levina, Erokhina or Petrova missing some retired, some have sustained injuries some have been left home. The revelations from the OG are still here, Vyakhireva and Dmitrieva, but the lack of experience of many of the new players at this level could spell problems for the russians,even if the hot prospects they brought here like Skorobogatchenko, Malashenko or Sabirova have already shown how talented they are.
Russia is the favorite here, no surprise, but with so many young players in the team they could struggle against a team that looks determined to score a big win against one of its arch rivals.
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