enmark dropped the gold in the very last minutes after the European Championship final in Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany had gone into overtime.
Denmark got off to a good start, but around the 10-minute mark, Denmark ran into trouble with sloppy play – despite having a numerical advantage, the Danes failed to capitalize on the opportunity, allowing the French to stay in the game.
Halfway through the first half, Denmark was ahead 6-8.
In the 21st minute, the score was tied at 9-9, and national coach Nikolaj Jacobsen chose to take a timeout in an attempt to get the Danish game back on track.
The game ebbed and flowed, with Denmark and France taking turns with good play.
Denmark got a free throw after time, but Mikkel Hansen couldn’t get the ball over the French wall.
The two teams could therefore go to halftime with a score of 14-14.
The second half had just started when Denmark got a penalty shot that Mikkel Hansen ensured found the back of the French goal, giving Denmark a 14-15 lead.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Denmark was ahead 17-19, and France was at a numerical disadvantage.
Denmark had a good game going, but couldn’t put decisive distance between themselves and the French. With 10 minutes left, Denmark was ahead 21-23.
In the 52nd minute, France equalized to 23-23.
With five minutes left, France took the lead 25-24 with a penalty shot. This prompted Nikolaj Jacobsen to take a timeout. After the timeout, Mikkel Hansen scored to make it 25-25, and Landin made a save at the other end when France launched a quick counterattack. In a new attack, Mikkel Hansen put Denmark ahead 25-26 with under four minutes left.
Kirkeløkke was expelled, putting Denmark at a disadvantage for two minutes. The French did not take advantage of the numerical superiority, and with just over a minute left, Nikolaj Jacobsen took another timeout.
With under half a minute left in the game, France equalized to 27-27. Denmark got a free throw after time, but Mikkel Hansen failed to score, and the game went into overtime.
After the first five minutes of overtime, the score was 29-29.
France gave it their all in the last five minutes and won 33-31 in a hectic ending to an exciting and closely contested match,