In these cases, France is said to have one foot and three toes on the plane that will take them to Japan to compete in the Olympics next summer.
But there are still two fingers missing ... And the Blues are not completely there.
Already winners of Croatia on Friday (30-26) in the opening match of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (TQO), the Blues doubled the stake this Saturday night against Tunisia (40-29).
The game was much easier than the day before and it was predictable.
Quickly distanced, the Tunisians, among whom many play in France, were not able to worry a serious tricolor team who took the opportunity to reassure themselves after the Croatian fears.
By the way, Tunisia is eliminated from the race to Tokyo but this is not yet enough to ensure the entry ticket into the Olympic village for the descendants of Experts.
Croatia caught up to Portugal
Earlier today, Croatia beat Portugal on the edge (25-24) and at the last second.
A success of the Portuguese, who led the whole meeting, would have qualified France by removing the Croats from the table.
But no… Guillaume Gille's team will have to give this Sunday (at 9 pm on TMC), a last blow of the collar against these same Portuguese.
In the event of a defeat, assuming that Croatia in turn beat Tunisia in the afternoon, the three teams will be tied and it is the goal-average that will make the difference.
It is likely that he is favorable to the French but not worth being afraid.
France 🇫🇷⚡🇹🇳 Tunisia
Les Bleus unroll 💪 #BleuetFier #ViewTokyo pic.twitter.com/aPrxJY7tcn
- French Handball Teams (@FRAHandball) March 13, 2021
No need to play with fire to get there.
A victory Sunday evening and a record of three victories will ensure the trip to the land of the rising sun for the French team without having to take out the calculator.
Normally, the Croats (2 wins, 1 loss) will accompany them and Portugal (1 victory, 2 losses) will remain at the door of the first Olympic qualification in its history.
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This is also the biggest danger facing the Blues: the Portuguese, bruised by the death of their goalkeeper Alfredo Quintana three weeks ago, will play their Olympic participation over the next 60 minutes.
It will undoubtedly be the most important moment in the history of Lusitanian handball.
The Blues, winners of Portugal (32-23) at the last World Cup, should not underestimate them, on pain of a possible big disillusionment.