France started the Main Round by defeating Spain

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France started the Main Round by defeating Spain

IHF World Championship 2019


Main Round, Group I

Cologne, Lanxes Arena

  • Spain made a replacement in the squad after Rodrigo Corrales got injured during training when a led-wall fall on the Spanish players yesterday. Therefore Arpad Sterbik was called in to join the team
  • France introduced Nikola Karabatic into the squad, who played his 300. national team match today
  • France seems to be improving since the WCh started, and with N.Karabatic back they took a secure lead in the first half, leading with 5 goals, but Sterbik replaced de Vargas and made some saves at the end of the first half, Sole was scoring on every chance (9 in the first half), 17-15 for France. Spain manages to equalize at 18-18, in the second half, but France took the lead again and controlled the match, winning in a confident way.

France –  Spain 33 – 30 (17 –  15)

Referees: Jørum, Kleven (NOR)

Topscorers: Dika Mem and Ludovic Fabregas (FRA) 6 goals each and Ferran Sole Sala (ESP) 11 goals


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