Sweden guarantees the top six of the CE U19

Emma Mihailovic. Photo (file): Cathrin Wall.

Sweden end the U19 EC with a game for fifth place. Montenegro were equal contenders in the first ladder game, but the final minutes decided in favor of blue and yellow, 30-28.

Sweden and Montenegro embarked on a regular and small story. The lunch hour start revealed that medals were out of reach, fifth place and the opportunity to turn the tide of the tournament was enough for two lah who turned to the solutions to finish.

Sweden broke the deadlock via Stina Wiksfors inside the line, who has been a good attacker throughout the Championship. The second phase and the counter-attack worked a little better than the set-piece at the start, the blues and the yellows found the shooting holes very well in the middle of the half and led up to four goals in advance .

With the help of eleven different scorers Sweden were able to go to the break with 16-14, Montenegro increased the pressure and in the final sprint the fight came alive with a close match picture.

Emma Mihailovic carried the U19 national team with precise finishing and steady passing. A few high ball pace attacks increased the opponent’s stress level and a volley ball opened up for Stella Huselius on the counterattack against an empty goal and 28–25. Sweden needed a timeout before Felicia Granat could wrap up the game in the last minute.

U19 EC, Sweden–Montenegro 30–28 (16–14)
Goalscorers, Sweden: Emma Mihailovic 6, Stella Huselius 4, Felicia Granat 4, Sara Smedberg 3, Stina Wiksfors 3, Moa Wallin 3, Ida Landberg 2, Ella Johansson, Alva Hopstadius, Ellie Hammarström, Ebba Leo & Thea Kylberg all 1.

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