With an extraordinary game in attack during all 60 minutes, but also in attack in the 2nd half, Montenegrin handball players defeated Hungary 24:18 (7:10) and with a maximum of four points they go to the main stage.
The quarterfinals are within reach, Bojana Popović had reason to praise her chosen ones.
"I am satisfied with both the 1st and 2nd halves, because the big fight was in defense, we played it fantastically throughout the game. In the 1st half, we missed several chances, Hungary separated by three points, but we were aware that we had them. "We knew what we wanted, that we had to add a little more gas in defense, and unlike the first half, we scored in the second half," said the coach for RTCG.
Marta Batinović was named player of the match for the second time in Helsingborg.
"Marta was great in goal. I am so happy and proud of the girls for what they did tonight that I don't know what else to say. I am proud of how everything works, how they believe in each other, and when we as a team breathe as one, then everything is possible", said Popović.
Compared to the team that won European bronze last year, Đurđina Jauković, Jovanka Radičević, Milena Raičević and Ema Alivodić are missing. Some others have taken responsibility.
"All of this means a lot to us, especially to players who haven't had much experience playing these kinds of games. Through them, a new generation, a new wave is created, which must live through these things so that we can expect great works. The girls showed great character".
The Lionesses travel to Gothenburg tomorrow, where they will look for some points against Sweden, Croatia and probably Senegal for the quarterfinals.
"It will certainly be difficult in Gothenburg, but from here we have good impressions and confidence that should rise. We should give these girls a chance and trust them," said Popović, who thanked the fans from the "Helsingborg Arena".
"Support means a lot to us, the fans were our eighth player. We celebrated together after the match, they deserved it as well as we did, because they are here all these days".