Defences On Top As Sweden Beat Portugal

15 August 2013


4. Emma Eriksson (Sweden)
Emma Eriksson topped scoring for Sweden with 16 points

Points were at a premium in Vukovar at the U18 European Championship Women as Sweden eventually dug out an uncompromising 41-34 win against dogged Division A newcomers Portugal.

Both teams misfired throughout the game as the respective defences reigned for long spells, something which set up a gutsy battle, where each solitary point was particularly precious.

It looked like Sweden might be dominant after an encouraging 14 points in the first 10 minutes which gave them a five point lead, but they were unable to impose themselves.

In fact, the Swedes struggled hugely to break double-digits in the second period, but their nine point tally was less of a concern with their defence holding firm and limiting Portugal to just four points.

Those of a Swedish persuasion who anticipated their team would finally get going after the half-time break and put their foot on the accelerator, were to be left sorely disappointed.

Sweden could only muster a paltry four points themselves in the penultimate quarter as Portugal gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Joana Soeiro got her team back to 30-28, with seven minutes remaining.

However, despite Moa Lundqvist and Esla Paulsson both fouling out, Sweden found another gear and a 10-1 run paved the way for victory.

Emma Eriksson top scored with 16 points for the Swedish team, but nobody made double figures for Portugal.


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