The handball players have won the second match in the qualification for the 2024 European Championship against Finland. In Karis, Finland, the team of national coach Per Johansson scored 31-13.
After two matches, the Netherlands is in the lead in the group that also includes the Czech Republic. The handball players won the first qualifying match against Portugal 38-27 last Thursday.
The national coach had left Lois Abbingh, Angela Malestein and Bo van Wetering at home for the match in Finland. He had added Alieke van Maurik, Daphne Luchies and Loïs van Vliet to the selection.
Against Finland, the Dutch team started with Rinka Duijndam in goal. Later, Tess Lieder and Yara ten Holte also got playing time. The Finnish handball players opened the score and tied with the Netherlands in the initial phase, to 3-3. Then the Dutch team went 7-3. The halftime score was 15-7.
In the second half, the handball players ran far away from the opponent, who only managed to score six times. Luchies scored the 31st and final goal for the Dutch team.
Larissa Nusser, who was named the best player of the match, scored four times, as did Kim Molenaar, Kelly Dulfer and Kelly Vollebregt. Inger Smits, Zoë Sprengers and Nikita van der Vliet were accurate three times. Van Maurik scored twice and Luchies, Van Vliet, Merel Freriks and Tamara Haggerty scored a goal.
The best two teams from each group and the four best numbers 3 qualify directly for the 2024 European Championship, which will be held in three countries: Hungary, Austria and Switzerland. Johansson’s team will first play the World Cup in Denmark, Norway and Sweden at the end of this year.