Euro 2020

Croatia and Spain win, Hungary steal a point from Denmark

photo: Anikó Kovács/MKSZ
Croatia and Spain win, Hungary steal a point from Denmark
Ibolya Szekeres

EHF EURO 2020

Group A, Graz

In the Balcan-derby Croatia got the two points, qualifying with full pot to the Main Round, meanwhile, Serbia finishes the EURO without victory.

Serbia – Croatia 21 – 24 (10 – 8)

Topscorers: Bogdan Radivojevic-Lazar Kukic (SRB) 4-4 goals and Domagoj Duvnjak-Luka Stepancic (CRO) 5-5 goals

Group C, Trondheim

Netherlands – Spain 25 – 36 (13 – 17)

Topscorers: Kay Smits (NED) 8 goals and Jorge Maqueda (ESP) 6 goals

Group E, Malmo

photo: Anikó Kovács/MKSZ

The biggest favorite to win the title, before the competition started was Denmark. But they lost their opening match against Iceland and Hungary was in lead during 58 minutes in the second game.

The rejuvenated Hungarian team, without big names missing, managed to control the game and was in lead 6-10, at the middle of the first half. Máthé, Szita or Nagy, all in their early twenties did a really good job both in defense and attack, scoring important goals against a very good saving Niklas Landin. The first half was won by Hungarians 11-13.

In the second half, the team of the Gulyás-Chema duo managed to keep the one-two goal advantage, slowed down the game and put Denmark under pressure in every situation. Zsolt Balogh scored seven goals in this half and Mikler helped his team from behind. For Denmark only ECh debutant Magnus Bramming on the left-wing remarked himself with his good performance beside Niklas Landin, otherwise, the team showed weak performance. If Hungary would win the two points, Denmark would be out of the EURO. But the match ended luckily 24-24, Denmark still has a chance to make it trough to the Main Round if Hungary will lose against Iceland and they beat Russia with a bigger goal difference.

Denmark – Hungary 24 – 24 (11 – 13)

Topscorers: Magnus Bramming (DEN) 6 goals and Zsolt Balogh (HUN) 7 goals

MVP: Magnus Dramming (DEN)

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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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