Spain won the European Open Championship final against Romania
Spain won against Romania with 29–19.
Spain won the final in the European Open Championship after having defeated Romania with 29–19.
– To win such a big tournament is huge and you must enjoy it, says the team captain, Belén Lario Rodriguez.
Romania got to the final by winning group 1, and later by eliminating Sweden, Netherlands, and Montenegro in Main Round 1. Spain won group 4 and eliminated Poland, Portugal, and Norway in Main Round 2.
Spain started off in high pace. They instantly went up to a 5–0 lead – much of it thanks to their keeper, Jone Goret Urtasun Cacho, that made a brilliant first half.
Romania then tried to hold off Spain but couldn’t – and Spain went into the half time break with a 16–7 lead.
– We really started the match well, super focused. And that’s how we played until half time, says Lario Rodriguez.
Romania came into the other half with new energy – and got up to 11–18. After that the game evened out, with Spain safely guarding their lead. In the end, Spain won the game with 29–19 and became the European Open Championship champions.
– We’ve put the effort in every training and that shows in these type of matches.
Lario Rodriguez is overwhelmed with joy after having won the tournament with Spain. But she also leaves a compliment for the Romanian national team.
– They really have a great team with great player. But as I said before, the effort we’ve put in our training has served us well, and it left us victorious.