The Brazilian women’s handball team debuted at the Olympics against the Russians, current champions, in a game that ended in a draw 24 to 24 this Saturday (24). The Brazilians came to stay ahead in the final stretch of the match, but did not hold the victory until the end. Brazil returns to the court against Hungary, on Monday (26), at 23:00 (GMT).
The selection started trying to balance the game with the Russians, who dominated the score most of the time. The European team came to be three goals ahead at times, but Brazil did not allow the opposing team to stray.
Near the final ten minutes, the Brazilian team evened the score, and the game was the same. Before the break, Russia didn’t miss the chance to re-open an advantage and went into the locker room with two more goals.
On the way back from halftime, the Russians kept ahead, always with Brazil chasing and trying to avoid making the difference too difficult to reach. The balance was also maintained, and the Brazilians were less nervous in this stage, with fewer two-minute penalties.
In the last ten minutes, Brazil managed to take the lead with good plays and a more solid defense. However, he could not hold the victory, seeing the Russians return to the lead.
The final minutes were full of emotion, with goals here and there, and a draw that remained due to mistakes made by the two teams in the last attacks. Bruna still had the chance to score the winning goal in the final seconds, but sent it out.
“For us to take a point away from the current Olympic champions, it’s a very happy moment. The beginning was a little nervous, as is the case at the beginning of the Olympics, but we continued fighting and believing. I’m very happy with this result. Thinking about the next ones. competitions, each game is a game” said Duda Amorim.
Voted best player in the world in 2014, Duda has already focused on her next appointment. “Our next game is against Hungary, we had two friendlies that we lost to them. Now we have to go in search of conquest by two points, because they are important if we want to qualify. We are happy now, we can celebrate and start now to focus on the next”.