The Danish handball women wrote a small piece of history when the team at the EC got the shovel under Norway for the first time since 2012 in the final round context. And for the first time since 2002 in a match where something was at stake.
The jubilation among the players also left no doubt as to what the victory meant, and on the coaching bench the emotions were also greater than usual.
For head coach Jesper Jensen, the victory was extra special because he was missing his Lars Jørgensen on the sidelines, as the assistant had submitted a positive corona test earlier on Wednesday.
The victory in itself evoked emotions in Jesper Jensen, but the absence of his loyal assistant, who holds the threads together when he looks after the boss job in Team Esbjerg, brought tears to the corners of the national coach’s eyes.
– It made something extra because he wasn’t there. One thing is the work effort, he is in the games, but it is he who fights 340 days a year so that we can stand where we do today, says the national coach.
– He is the one who lies and calls players, the one who makes sure that people are well. He is a social buffer in the whole group together with Christina Roslyng. He spends many hours on Danish women’s handball, and now he was not allowed to stand there. It hurts.
Several times in his time as national coach, Denmark has led Norway far into the match, only to see the victorious Norwegians run away with the victory in the end anyway.
Therefore, the victory was more than just a victory and a secured first place in the group.
– It was a victory for the group of players, it was a victory over Norway and a group victory, but just as much a victory for everything we have worked on for so many years, says Jesper Jensen
With the group victory, Denmark will face Montenegro in the semi-finals, while Norway will enjoy France. Both semi-finals will be played on Friday.