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Perez de Vargas
Pérez de Vargas, earlier than a shot from Slovenia.JLRECIO

The greatest Spain returned when the solar was shining brightest, to scare away the suspicions it left within the European Championship two months in the past and keep one millimeter away from the Games. After a superb and resounding victory towards Slovenia, solely arithmetic prevented them from celebrating the Olympic ticket, though it might take a disaster this Sunday towards Brazil (17.45, Tdp) to be left with out the Games. She can be higher off dropping by as much as 18 factors if earlier than (15.15) Slovenia complies and defeats the eradicated Bahrain.

After the horrible continental championship of virtually everybody, nobody was extra exalted by this vital victory than Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas. In January, on the black night time towards Croatia, the goalkeeper left with just one save in 26 pictures. No precedents have been discovered for such a gap. This Friday, towards Slovenia, the Toledo goalkeeper put in a wonderful efficiency: 18 saves and a 47% success price. From there, Spain recovered every thing it had been till the unexpected collapse in Germany at first of the 12 months. The goalkeeper took an vital a part of the journey to Paris.

Despite the final symphony and, particularly, the aim, the night time began with a small scare: 1-4 within the fifth minute. But simply that. A touch of what was not. Joan Cañellas, maybe the veteran with essentially the most pending Olympic scores (along with the absence of the group in 2016, he missed the Tokyo occasion because of a minor damage), started to cease the goalkeeper, and at last Spain was reunited with Spain. The group unleashed all of the pyrotechnics, that are rather a lot: voracious in protection and good in assault. They have been a couple of minutes on the peak of his greatest model simply when he wanted it most, when the cloud of doubt had settled over the locker room after the horrible European Championship.

Imanol Garciandia, one of many few elite strikers who has been capable of gentle up nationwide handball in current occasions, was a hammer along with his left arm, Ángel Fernández didn’t let one move (5 objectives with no mistake at halftime), and Aleix punished on the contrary. Nothing squeaked, nothing went out of tune. Slovenia knew little, overwhelmed and with out response to Hispanics who have been going downhill. The Balkans spent nearly eight minutes blind and a 6-0 rating made it 17-10 within the Granollers pavilion, this time way more populated. The 20 objectives at halftime mirrored an agile and nearly good assault when the break got here. And with hardly any participation from Álex Dujshebaev, who didn’t seem till the twentieth minute. His brother Dani was left within the stands because of an overload in his proper knee that has not been utterly dominated out for this Sunday.

The resumption returned a extra earthly Spain, besides within the case of Pérez de Vargas, who continued along with his show of legs and arms. An entire recital, a wall with three layers of iron, a efficiency that he wanted. Supported by him, Spain solely needed to handle the earnings towards a Slovenia with out religion or the power to reply. Los Hispanicos, one millimeter from Paris.

Spain, 32 – Slovenia, 22

Spain: Pérez de Vargas (Corrales), Gómez (3), Garciandia (6), Serdio (4), Guardiola, Cañellas (3) and Á. Fernández (5) – beginning seven -; A. Dujshebaev (2), Solé, Figueras (1), Morros, Casado, A. García (3), Tarrafeta (3) and D. Fernández (2).

Slovenia: Ferlin (Lesjak), Kodrin (1), Mackovsek (3), Bombac (5.3p), Blagotinsek (1), Cehte (2), Janc (4) —siete preliminary—; Slatinek (1), Gaber, Zarabec (1), Horzen, Cokan, Novak, Vlah (4) and Suholeznik.

Partials each 5 minutes: 2-5, 6-6, 8-9, 12-10, 16-10, 20-13 —relaxation—; 23-15, 24-18, 26-18, 27-19, 29-21 and 32-22.

Referees: Vaclav Horacek and Jiri Novotny (Czech Republic). They excluded Guardiola (2), A. Gómez, Morros, D. Fernández, Cehte (3, 54m53s), Slatinek and Mackovsek.

Granollers Pavilion. 4,500 spectators.

Classification (two move)

Spain, 4 factors (+10 in aim distinction between Slovenia, Brazil and the nationwide group)

Brazil, 2 (-1)

Slovenia, 2 (-9)

Bahrain, 0

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