Euro 2020

Croatia, Hungary, and the Netherlands with victories

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Croatia, Hungary, and the Netherlands with victories
Ibolya Szekeres

EHF EURO 2020

Group A, Graz

This encounter is expected to be the final of the group where it will be decided which of the two teams goes to the Main Round with point(s) in their account. Belarus defeated Serbia and Croatia took the points in face of Montenegro on the first day.

Croatia – Belarus 31 – 23 (15 – 10)

Topscorers: Igor Karacic (CRO) 6 goals and Mikita Vailupau (BEL) 8 goals

Group C, Trondheim

The duel of two debutants will be the first match of the day in Trondheim Spektrum. The Netherlands took control of the game from the start and the lead they managed to gain in the first half was enough to win the match against Latvia.

Latvia – Netherlands 24 – 32 (10 – 16)

Topscorers: Dainis Kristopans (LAT) 7 goals and Kay Smits (NED) 7 goals

photo: Aniko Kovacs/MKSZ

Group E, Malmo

Hungary arrived in Sweden with a young squad, without injured Mate Lekai and Richard Bodo and is a question if they manage to qualify to the Main Round. From this group, Denmark and Iceland may be the biggest favorites to go to the Main Round.

Hungary made a good first half with good working defense and goalkeeper, the left-back and line player position were effective for Hungarians, Szita, Ligetvari, and Banhidi scored important goals. In the second half, Hungary had a four-goal lead 24-20, but Russian managed to close the gap mostly due to young Kosorotov, who changed the dynamic of the match totally after he came in from the bench. Russian had the ball 25-25, but Hungary managed to score and take back the lead, 26-25. Dibirov had the ball go level the game in the dying minute, but Mikler stood up once again and saved the two points for her team.

Russia – Hungary 26 – 25 (14 – 13)

Topscorers: Zsolt Balogh (HUN) 7 goals and Dmitri Santalov (RUS) 5 goals

MVP: Roland Mikler (HUN)

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Euro 2020
Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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