Euro 2020

Spain is the European Champion by defending the title

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Spain is the European Champion by defending the title
Ibolya Szekeres



Croatia started better and in a match of defenses and slow attacking play, they were in lead in the first half 7-10 (19.min). After a timeout from Ribera Perez de Vargas replaced Corrales (without any saving) and Maqueda came on rightback position too. This overturned the match as Perez de Vargas had a 70% percentage in this period and Maqueda scored 3 goals on a row, leveling the game for Spain. Croatia seemed very tired, fought, but Spain led 12-11 at the pause.

In the second half, Spain had the lead 16-12 after 5 minutes, but after this, they had an almost ten minutes scoring-break and Croatia got back in the match, 16-15, leveling the match at 18-18. Duvnjak, Stepanic, and Karacic led Croatians, meanwhile, Perez de Vargas, Entrerrios, Dujshebajev or Maqueda were decisive for the Spaniards.

Croatia managed to take the lead 18-19, but Spain equalized and tried to turn every single detail in their favor, winning the match 22-20 at the end.

Gonzalo Perez De Vargas, Spain | Photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Gonzalo Perez De Vargas, Spain | Photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

Spain – Croatia 22 – 20 (12 – 11)

Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)


Spain: Perez de Vargas (42%), Corrales (0%) (GK) – Gomez 5(3), Maqueda 3, Entrerrios 2, Dujshebaev 2, Aguinagalde 2, Sarmiento 2, Canellas 2, Fernandez 1, Sole 1, Figueras 1, Goni 1, Morros, Arino, Guardiola

Croatia: Sego (21%), Asanin (14%) (GK) – Duvnjak 5, Karacic 4, Stepancic 3, Maric 3, Horvat 2, Mamic 1, Brozovic 1, Mandic 1, Hrstic, Sarac, Musa, Cindirc, Matanovic, Sipic

7 meters: 3/3; 5/4

Suspensions: 4 minutes/4 minutes

Player of the match: Domagoj Duvnjak (CRO)

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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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