Thursday, May 19

Denmark was beaten: – A big bomb

(Spain-Denmark 29-25) Spain put the big favorite Denmark in place in the first semifinal of the European Handball Championship. Mikkel Hansen & co. ended up in trouble against the EC specialist Spain who is ready for its third final in a row. The previous two have yielded gold.

STOP: Joan Cañellas and Spain stopped EC-favorite Denmark with Mikkel Hansen in the lead.

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– A big bomb, says TV3 expert Kristian Kjelling after the championship’s biggest surprise.

Lasse Svan scored 14-11 for the Danes in the penultimate minute of the first half, but two quick goals by Abelló Gómes reduced the Danish lead at the break and gave a warning about what the second half would be like. The Spanish right winger from Barcelona finished with 11 goals in the match.

Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas appeared on cue near the post, and steered it past the goalie. Denmark struggled in the attacking game. Mikkel Hansen scored eight goals, but also had trouble getting hits towards the end.

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– I have «mixed emotions». I’m tired, I’m proud, describes the Spanish goalkeeper for TV 3.

– Now we will prepare for the final and try to win our third European Championship final in a row, he says.

Only Sweden has done that before. “Bengan Boys” won the European Championships in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

Usually safe goal scorers like Emil Jakobsen and Mathias Gidsel struggled with the count. Thus, Spain got revenge for the two losses against Denmark in the World Cup and Olympic semifinals in 2021.

– Humiliated, writes Danish Extra Bladet.

– The best tactical team won, says TV3’s Danish expert Joachim Boldsen and calls the Spanish victory “deeply deserved”.

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The Spanish coach Jordi Ribera gets a lot of praise for his good management of the team.

– He is a handball professor, Kjelling thinks.

Veteran Joan Cañellas (35) scored the last two goals. He was not present when Spain took Olympic bronze in Tokyo. Spain now has many more new names, but has delivered a very strong European Championship with victory in seven of eight matches.

– The championship has been very emotional for me after being out for corona, says Cañellas.

The only loss came when Norway last Sunday beat Spain for the first time in 25 years.

Sweden and France meet in the second European Championship semi-final at 20.30.

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