A damaged Spain meets Ukraine (32-20) and secures a spot within the second section of the Women’s Handball World Cup | Sports | EUROtoday

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Mireya González, in motion through the match towards Ukraine.Henning Bagger (EFE)

Spain generally goes and generally stops. It remains to be a discontinuous staff, however sufficient in any case to dispatch a rival like Ukraine (32-20) and safe a spot within the second section of the Women’s Handball World Cup. The staff was higher once more within the second half, discovering options when doubts arose as quickly as they returned from the break, and clinging in uncertainty to the beacon of Mireya González (six targets and MVP of the match) and the solidity between the goalposts. Merche Castellanos (11 stops and 42% success fee).

This Sunday, the slope will get steeper towards Brazil (6:00 p.m., Teledeporte) and what occurs towards the South Americans, who’ve additionally gained their two matches, will tremendously decide the way forward for the Guerreras within the match. A victory would put them within the subsequent spherical with 4 factors and would maintain intact their possibilities of getting into the quarterfinals, the principle goal as a result of that virtually ensures the pre-Olympic qualification. But falling would go away Spain with out margin and towards the wall. A borderline duel for the third day.

After the hesitant debut towards Kazakhstan, the marquee of the group, Ambros Martín’s mandate was clear: begin extra centered on protection. With extra contacts, extra aggressive. And that half did present preliminary progress. It was not an impenetrable wall, however there was much less dispersion. Up prime, Mireya González didn’t want to vary in comparison with her debut, the best, and continued doing her factor, with 4 targets with out a mistake. The pivot was additionally a treasure for the Spanish, with Kaba Gassama and Lysa Tchaptchet, nicely assisted by Alicia Fernández.

And so, with out a lot noise, the staff was in a position to stretch to 11-5 within the twentieth minute, after a 4-0 run. Ukraine was affected by its success within the seven meters and the manufacturing of Tamara Smbatian (six targets within the intermission). Her assault provided too many escape routes, with many errors. It was the Guerreras’ time to take one other chunk and open extra of a spot, however it did not occur. Once once more Spain’s losses and dangerous selections narrowed the margin at halftime (16-12).

The return of the pause abounded in that swampy terrain of doubts, once more by the opening of losses, the everlasting black spot of Spain. The first three possessions went to limbo. The highway twisted. But in that blurry second, Mireya González as soon as once more appeared as an anchor to place her foot on the wall and rearm her staff in time.

Spain pressed again, was in a position to launch a few analgesic counters and in positional Silvia Arderius turned on the sunshine. Ukraine’s seams confirmed, Smbatian solely added yet one more purpose within the second half and the staff, there, scored a therapeutic 22-14 halfway by the second half. That earnings was already the great one. There have been no extra scares for the staff, which managed the result calmly and with its head in Brazil. The first actual occasion of the Women’s Handball World Cup has arrived.

Spain, 32 – Ukraine, 20

Spain: Spanish; Etxeberria (2), A. Fernandez (3), Gassama (4), L. Gonzalez (-), Arcos (2) and S. Lopez (2)—beginning staff— Zoqbi (ps), Fields (-) , Arderius (1), Somaza (3), Gonzalez de Garibay (-), P. Perez (4, 2p), O’Mullony (-), Tchaptchet (5) and Mireya Gonzalez (6).

Ukraine: Saltaniuk; Shukal (1), Poliak (1), Smbatian (7, 3p), Andriichuk (2, 1p), Diachenko (2) and Naumenko (1) —equipo inicial— Baloh (ps), Gladun (ps), Markevych (3 ), Soskyda (-), Prokopiak (-), Melekestseva (1), Kohuch (-), Kozak (2) and Kompaniiets (-).

Marker each 5 minutes: 2-1, 5-3, 7-5, 11-6, 14-9 and 16-12 (Rest) 17-13, 21-14, 22-15, 24-17, 27-19 and 32-20 (last).

Referees: Belkhiri and Hamidi (ALG). They excluded Tchaptchet (2), Paulina Pérez, Shukal (2) and Kohuch for 2 minutes.

Arena Nord de Frederikshavn (Dinamarca).

Group G

Kazakhstan, 15 – Brazil46

Spain32 – Ukraine, 20


Brazil, 4 factors

Spain, 4

Ukraine, 0

Kazakhstan, 0

*Three passes with the factors achieved towards the groups that additionally cross the section

Other outcomes of the day

Rumania44 – Chile, 19

Croatia, 22 – Senegal, 22

South Korea27 – Greenland, 16

Sweden36 – China, 24

Austria, 28 – Norway45

Denmark25 – Serbia, 21

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