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LJUBLJANA (VG) (Norway-Sweden 27-25) Captain Sweden thinks Catherine Lundy knows better than herself where to shoot. The veteran Norway goalkeeper was praised by the opponent after he settled the EC drama in Slovenia.
Autumn in Vipers has been somewhat variable. Catherine Lundy started the EC moderately. She did not participate in the field against Hungary on Tuesday. But when it comes to Sweden, the 42-year-old who has racked up nine gold medals at the tournament and 335 caps for Norway hit the spot.
– She can handle a not-so-great fall. When it comes down to it, they’re great, Sweden coach Thomas Aksner tells VG.
– We saw it for the Snakes in the Final Four (UEFA Champions League qualifiers). Had she represented one of the other three clubs, they would have won the title. She is a super goalkeeper, believes the opponent’s national team manager, who notes that Sweden made a very good attempt to beat Norway.
This was causing problems for Norway:
But for the “Sweet Sister”, the attempt to conquer Norway in her eldest sister was interrupted. Catherine Lundy has played international matches with Norway for over 20 years.
– She knows better than I do, as I take pictures, Jamina Roberts tells Viaplay.
The Swedish captain is a daily teammate with Catherine Lundy in Vipers and has only scored on three out of eight attempts.
– I think it was difficult to prepare against Jamina. I am well prepared for how the result will turn out, says Catherine Lundy.
– Do you know Catherine well?
– She knows me better, Roberts answers to VG.
– I’m happy because I usually play for the same team as you. We have no panic in the offensive game. We come to opportunities. But it saves, says Roberts, a little disappointed after three of the opponents’ goalkeepers were excellent in the four UEFA matches in Sweden.
Now the EC semi-final hangs in the balance of the Swedes.
– It’s good for me to tackle. Lunde tells VG that it seems like a long time since I’ve played, even if it hasn’t been several days. She scored with 11 saves against Croatia and Switzerland on day 1 and 3 of EC. It opened with two consecutive games.
On the ninth day of the tournament, the Southern Rescue Machine was back at its best.
It is difficult to answer why this happened. But the game is developing as we thought. very soft. Then try to do everything you can. It was a lot of work for both teams. So you have to be a little more, she explains.
No words, Henny Ristad laughs at the “Catherine?”
– What can you say. We’re not surprised, but just very impressed. We are very spoiled for having two world class goalkeepers. “We’ve achieved that for many years,” says Rystad, who himself has scored seven goals.
Nora Mork believes defensive play, not least Catherine Lundy, was crucial.
We got some very decisive saves. Catherine describes the class she is studying.
Catherine is one of the best players in the world and we have the best goalkeeper duo in the world, says Thiel Rochfeldt-Della. Silje Solberg-Østhassel received two penalties. None of them hit the mark.
The 22-year-old experienced in training how hard it can be to cheat 20-year-old Lundy.
– Catherine is very difficult to photograph. I’m so happy to have her on my team, adds Rushfeldt Deila after scoring her first EC goal by herself.
– Catherine comes when we need it most. It’s a very good thing for us, describes Stein Bridal Oftedal.
Fellow goalkeeper Solberg-Østhassel played big against Hungary on Tuesday. At the tactics meeting four hours before the match, Catherine Lundy still got the message she had hoped for.
– I did not respond to the lack of playing time. Selji has played fantastically. But she says that you have always had a desire to play.
– It’s hard to answer that. The most important thing is to have a good team and do a good job together. But she says of course, I hope to play if I’m good.
Norway will meet Slovenia on Monday and Denmark on Wednesday in their last two main-round matches. Two points guarantee an upgrade.
The European Commission ends with the semi-finals on Friday and the final on Sunday in Ljubljana.
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