Denmark defeats Spain and waits for their opponent for the final

Denmark defeats Spain and waits for their opponent for the final
Denmark, winner against Spain. ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL / REUTERS

Double reigning world champions, the Danes will face France or Sweden in the final on Sunday.

Still on the appointment. Denmark, double defending champion, qualified for the World Handball final by beating Spain (26-23), thanks to a decisive goalkeeper and despite a fright at the end of the game, Friday in Gdansk (Poland) .

The Danes, titled in 2019 and 2021, will face Sweden or France on Sunday in Stockholm, for an unprecedented treble – the double was achieved by France and Romania twice each and by Sweden.

They must therefore fly back in the evening, in the opposite direction of the route taken before this semi-final where they beat the Spaniards for the third time in four confrontations in a row at this stage of a major competition.

After the Mondial-2021 (36-33) and the JO-2021 (27-23), La Roja lost again against the Scandinavians, whom they had however dominated in the last four of Euro-2022 (29 -25).

She thought she was performing a new miracle as in the quarterfinals, where she equalized on the gong against Norway before winning after two extra time (35-34).

Behind throughout the game, she thus twice recovered from gaps that were difficult to overcome.

The Spaniards first returned to a length (19-20, 48th) after scoring four goals without conceding a single one, in the wake of their goalkeeper, Gonzalo Perez De Vargas, finally decisive (14 saves on 40 shots, 35 % of success in the end).

But they twice missed the ball for the equalizer and the Danes took the lead to lead 24-20 with four minutes remaining.

Not enough to make Spain abdicate, returned, one minute from the end with two units (23-25) and with possession in their favor after Perez De Vargas stopped a penalty from Mikkel Hansen.

But the Spanish goalkeeper was imitated in stride by his Danish counterpart, Niklas Landin, who stopped his only throw from 7 meters of the meeting, shot by Ferran Solé, to extinguish the last opposing hopes.

Landin, twice the best player in the world in title, was the man of the match for Denmark, decisive in the first period and then at the very end of the match. He finished with 43% success (15/35).


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