Player Ratings – Norway vs Spain

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Spain 2021 Semi-final – Norway vs Spain 27:21 (11:11) By Chris O’Reilly IN FOCUS: Friday’s second semi-final saw Spain and the majority of the packed arena fend off the Norwegian challenge for as long as possible, before succumbing to a six-goal loss, which sends the Scandinavians on to Sunday’s final against France, while Spain battle Denmark for bronze. Here are …

France leave it late to devastate Danes

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Spain 2021 Semi-final – France vs Denmark 23:22 (10:12) By Chris O’Reilly Before the Game Spain 2021’s two most dominant defences came head-to-head. Two very different approaches to the art but both incredibly effective, who would be able to force their style of play to the fore? France come into this as reigning Olympic champions and seem to be slowly …

Nze Minko: “It’s always about defence first”

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VIDEO: France’s Estelle Nze Minko spoke to Chris O’Reilly in the aftermath of her side’s 31:26 win over Sweden on Wednesday night. With the scores locked at 15:15 at half-time, France came out with a rejuvenated and deadly defence in the second half, smothering the Swedish attack and laying the foundation for their victory, which sends them on to the …

France shut down Swedes to reach final weekend

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Spain 2021 Quarter-final – France vs Sweden 31:26 (15:15) By Chris O’Reilly   Before the Game Saving the best for last, the headline quarter-final pitted two teams completing a trilogy of big matches in 2021. At this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, they played out two thrillers, a 28:28 draw in the preliminary round and a 29:27 win for France in the …

Deutschland scheitert im WM-Viertelfinale

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Die Lage der Nation – Teil 7   Der Ausdruck “cracking under pressure”, er könnte für das deutsche Aus im Viertelfinale gegen Spanien nicht passender sein. Denn eigentlich gewann an diesem Abend nicht die bessere Mannschaft, sondern die mental stärkere. Die DHB-Auswahl hat, zum dritten Mal in drei Jahren, die große Chance auf den Einzug in das Halbfinale eines Turniers …

Norway discover their mojo to book semi-final spot

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Spain 2021 Quarter-final – Norway vs Russian Handball Federation 34:28 (19:15) By Chris O’Reilly Before the game Norway’s World Championship started all of a sudden with two make-or-break matches against Sweden, 30:30, and the Netherlands, 37:34, to send them through to the knockout rounds. The Russian campaign, on the other hand, was more of a slow burner as they had …

Spanish spirit prevails in dogged quarter-final

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Spain 2021 Quarter-final – Spain vs Germany 26:21 (14:10) By Chris O’Reilly Before the game Hosts Spain came into the quarter-finals as somewhat of an unknown quantity, in so far as they had progressed with ease from the softest quarter of the championship. An unbeaten main round concluded with a 27:24 win over Brazil but it was difficult to know …