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A crushing defeat for the proud title candidate

Serious setback: Spain's players had expected more Serious setback: Spain's players had expected more

Serious setback: Spain’s handball gamers had anticipated extra

Quelle: Getty Images/Alex Grimm

The first candidate for the title failed on the European Handball Championship. The Spaniards suffered a surprisingly clear defeat within the prime duel with Croatia. Iceland saved a degree in opposition to Serbia in a livid ultimate spurt.

TItel candidate Spain suffered a heavy defeat in the beginning of the European Handball Championship. The Iberians had been surprisingly defeated by Croatia within the prime sport in Mannheim on Friday with 29:39 (14:18). The Croatians’ most profitable throwers had been Ivan Martinovic from Bundesliga membership MT Melsungen and Mario Sostaric with eight targets every.

Both groups may face the German staff, which began the event efficiently, in the principle spherical. The DHB choice impressed at its begin with a transparent 27:14 in opposition to Switzerland.

In the opposite sport in preliminary group B, Austria gained 31:24 (15:14) in opposition to Romania. In Group C, Hungary gained 26:24 (14:14) in opposition to Montenegro in Munich. Iceland had beforehand performed 27:27 (11:10) in opposition to Serbia because of a livid ultimate part and three targets within the final two minutes.

Spain is sinking within the cauldron

The Spaniards, who’ve reached the ultimate of each European Championship since 2016 and gained the title twice, obtained off to a depressing begin in entrance of 13,293 spectators. Coach Jordi Ribera switched to 7 in opposition to 6 offensively early on and left his personal aim empty a number of occasions, however the Iberians appeared unstable of their assaults.

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The Croatians, then again, punished virtually each mistake. Thousands of followers of the two-time Olympic champion reworked the corridor right into a cauldron proper from the beginning. Halfway by means of the primary half, the Croatians pulled forward by six targets. They additionally scored 4 targets in a row within the second half. The 2003 world champion performed with excessive depth and at occasions as if in a state of intoxication. The Spaniards by no means actually obtained into the sport.

The Croatian team celebrated in Mannheim with their many fans

The Croatian staff celebrated in Mannheim with their many followers

Quelle: Getty Images/Alex Grimm

After the victories of the French, Swedes and Danes, the Spaniards are the primary prime staff to endure a defeat on the European Championships in Germany. The Croatians, who had just lately dissatisfied at main tournaments, took revenge for the 2020 ultimate defeat.