Hungary vs Russia
Hungary and Russia will meet today in a match from the women's Euro in Sweden. Both teams are out of the race for the semis, Russia is probably the big disappointment from this final tournament, the olympic champion from Rio failed to emulate the impressive performance from Brazil but there is still a scenario that Russia could play for the 5th spot match which, if won will garantee a place at the worlds in Germany next year if Germany also caches the semis here and the russians erase an 11 goals differentil between them and Denmark: RUS have to score a big win against HUN, and hope that ROU beats heavily DEN afterwards in addition to GER beating SWE and one of FRA or NED have to lose today's matches (NED could also draw and it would be enough for GER/RUS). There are many ifs, it's an outside chance but Russia have to try to get the 3rd spot in the group.
There is also the quality gap between these two teams; Russia even if it lost against ROU and NOR and only drew with DEN was close in any of those matches against tough opposition whilst HUN was cannon fodder against ROU, against DEN they had their chances and yesterday against NOR they had a huge chance to score a big upset since they played against a sleepwalking opponent, one that was more interested in the semifinal match and to avoid any injuries and unnecessary fatigue. Hungary have alot of missings,Gorbicz is fast approaching her handball career'snadir, Klivinyi has been a big disappointment, all in all the 9 meter line looks very poor with the other compartments unappealing as well. With a full strength team HUN should pose a bigger threath to the big guns, with this team their resources are heavily limitated.
The only scenario in which HUN will make this competitive in my opinion is for the russians to completely disregard this match otherwise Tefilov's team should bag an easy victory.
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