The Norwegian women’s handball team swept opponents Montenegro aside with a thriller of a 26-23 victory, Saturday.
In what sports commentators dubbed 'super Saturday' in the Olympic Games, Norway's Linn Jørum Sulland scored a decisive breakaway goal in the last few minutes that secured Norway's hopes of gold.
"It's fantastic, a great feeling. The game went as we thought it would, as they [Montenegro] are good players,” Coach Thorir Hergeirsson declared about Norway’s victory. “We thought we could win but knew it would be a fight to the end."
The match’s momentum was kept going towards the close when Norway was leading by 25-23.
Montenegro's star striker Bojana Popovic, whose last Olympics this was before she retires, looked certain to score. However, this was skillfully saved by Norway’s goalkeeper Kari Aalvik Grimsbø.
Thorir Hergeirsson had said of Grimsbø before last night’s match that her constant determination “has showed why she’s one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world.”
Norway’s Crown Prince Håkon and family stood in the crowds behind the team singing the national anthem while the Norwegian flag was raised into first position.
Linn Sørland scored 10 of the 26 goals. “It was the best feeling ever when Linn put that last goal in,” said Heidi Løke.
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