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European Handball Championship: France wins a hard


The favorites prevailed in the first round of the handball championships in Hungary and Slovakia. Only co-hosts Hungary suffered a surprising defeat.

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Nikola Karabatic from handball Olympic champion France is held by two Croatian players

Photo: Tibor Illyes / dpa

Olympic champion


won the first top game of the handball championship in Hungary and Slovakia after a heated 60 minutes.

The record world champion around top star Nikola Karabatic started the final round with a hard-fought 27:22 (13:11) against vice-European champion



Things got hot, especially after the break.

The former Melsunger David Mandic even saw the blue card after a foul, which, in contrast to the red card, initiates disciplinary proceedings.

Particularly serious fouls or unsportsmanlike behavior are punished with a blue card.

The Croatian can therefore be banned for further games.

In the second game of group C, Serbia clearly won 31:23 (17:11) against Ukraine in Szeged.

World champion


started the tournament with a sovereign 30:21 (18:10) against



In the other game in Group A,


, semi-finalists from 2020,

narrowly won 27:25 (13:10) against

North Macedonia in Debrecen.

Vice World Champion


had little trouble

in the 30:18 (17:11) against

Bosnia-Herzegovina .

Also in Group E, defending champions


had to tremble for a long time.

The European champion of 2018 and 2020 prevailed against the

Czech Republic

in Bratislava after a long fight with 28:26 (14:11) - until three minutes before the end the encounter was still completely open.



got off to a bad start against the



Despite the loud support of their fans, the highly rated Hungarians did not get better than 28:31 (10:13) against the outsider Netherlands.


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-01-13

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