Youth team of Switzerland, who were cheered by their fans during the whole tournament, finished the competition in the third place. The Swiss defeated Macedonia with a five-goal advantage.
The match for the third place was very tense and interesting. The fact that the teams managed to equalise the score sixteen times, proves how stiff the competition between the rivals appeared to be.
By the time the clock passed 20 minutes of the second half, Switzerland seemed more determined, whereas Macedonia lacked power and urgency. In consequence ,the Swiss secured their third place.
Switzerland and Macedonia played against each other twice at Men’s EHF tournament. Macedonia won the first match.
Kosteski from Macedonia and Zehnder from Switzerland were named the best.
Danilo Brestovac (FYR Macedonia, Head Coach): This was the last game for us, unfortunately the Switzerland team was better than us. We wanted to do more. We must analyse what we did wrong on this tournament and try to do better. Our team played two tough matches in semi finals and today.
Nico Peter (Switzerland, Head Coach): We fought, with spirit, not every player played often in this tournament, but in this game each player tried to be a part of the win and at the end it happened, boys did it. A good finish is always important. It’s always good to go back to your country with your head up, I think it’s important for us. After the loss yesterday, it was too hard for the boy to play today, but we still managed to win and I would give my team a 10 out of 10.
Switzerland 35-31 FYR Macedonia