Brazil crashes before Silvia Navarro and the defense of aid from the Spanish
Las Guerreras, with Silvia Navarro immeasurable in goal (18 stops and almost 50% correct) and Lara González ruling the defense, added their second victory in the Olympic tournament. And they did it against the powerful Brazil, the great South American power of handball and whose players perform with note in the European teams. Carlos Viver and his team had studied the meeting very well and always knew how to find solutions. Especially when the turnovers and the blocking of the last quarter of the game made fears that the clash would escape. It was not so. The victory against France has mentally re-armed a very compact group that knows exactly what it needs and how it should play at all times.
Jorge Dueñas, the Brazil coach, was the coach who put together the current architecture of the Spanish team. Her work, and that of the players, put women’s handball, then residual, on the map. It took him to Olympic bronze in London, to third place in the world in 2011 and to European silver twice. Three medals. Dueñas now leads the Brazilian team, a historic power in women’s handball. Its hallmark is noticeable in the South American women, which to the natural conditions that they treasure combine an undoubted defensive capacity and offensive fundamentals of many carats. His choral game, that’s where the coach’s hand is, was counterprogrammed by the indomitable style of the Spanish.
The Guerreras, like the Hispanics the day before, got off to a bad start. No defense, no attack, child losses … Luckily for Carlos Viver, in goal Silvia Navarro was in a closed mode and with her saves she was able to keep the team alive at times when the defense could not find a place and attack lacked the necessary speed.
Silvia Navarro (18 stops) and Merche Castellanos. Marta López (2), Carmen Martin (2), Eli Cesáreo (1), Nerea Pena (7), Lara González (3), Soledad Lopez (4), Alicia Fernández, Almudena Rodríguez (1), Ainhoa Hernández (2) , Paula Arcos, Sandy Cabral (3) and Mireya González (2).
From Arruda (4 stops) and Arenhart (3 stops). Bruna (8), Do Nascimento (3), De Araujo (2), Rodrigues (2), Amorim (2), Araujo (1), Cardoso (1), Vieira (1), Guarieiro, Bitolo, Matieli (2) and Ventura (1).
Scoreboard every five minutes:
1-2, 3-5, 5-7, 6-9, 10-10, 13-13-break-, 17-14, 20-16, 21-18, 21-20, 24-20 and 27-23 .
Handsen and Madsen from Denmark. They ate quite a few step plays, but they were fair. They expelled Eli Cesáreo for a blow to Bruna’s face and excluded Amorín, De Araujo and Guarieiro, for Brazil. And Lara González.
The Warriors managed to solve the problems based on defensive work, to grow from there in the attack. The security behind was translated into more fluidity in the rival area and with it Nerea Pena and Alicia Fernández managed to find the extremes. That was the key. The swing of the South Americans to annul Eli Cesáreo in the six meters has that risk. And those of Viver began to punish Arruda, the Brazilian goalkeeper, from the most closed sides.
The crash was a kind of carbon copy of what had happened the day before with the boys. Even the referees were the same. Even the Warriors invested the same as the men in getting ahead: 27 minutes. A most peculiar imperfect ‘deja vu’, because when they took the lead they no longer abandoned it.
Not even the crisis that every team goes through in the second half was not a problem. For the Brazilians, yes, because their bad start in the second half allowed the Spanish to position themselves with an income that was already insurmountable. Spain knew how to change its way of playing to adapt to the problems posed by the rival but, above all, it found in Silvia Navarro the necessary lever to have security behind and complete a majestic aid defense that ended up defeating the physical superiority of the South Americans .