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Spain revives agonizing against Brazil in the Women's Handball World Cup and maintains its Olympic hope

2023-12-04T13:16:09.185Z

Highlights: Spain revives agonizing against Brazil in the Women's Handball World Cup and maintains its Olympic hope. The Warriors, held by the young Paula Arcos and the veteran Darly Zoqbi, win 25-27 against the South Americans. It allows them to go through to the second phase as group winners and, most importantly, boosts their chances of reaching the quarterfinals. On Wednesday, they will start the Main Round with four points (the maximum), where the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and the winner of Monday's duel between Argentina and Congo await them.


The Warriors, held by the young Paula Arcos and the veteran Darly Zoqbi, win 25-27 against the South Americans and move on to the second phase with the maximum points


Paula Arcos, this Sunday against Brazil in the Handball World Cup. HANNIBAL HANSCHKE (EFE)

From young to old. From Paula Arcos (21 years old) to Darly Zoqbi (41), Spain caught an agonizing victory against Brazil (25-27) worth millions in the Women's Handball World Cup. It allows them to go through to the second phase as group winners and, most importantly, boosts their chances of reaching the quarterfinals, which would practically ensure their participation in the pre-Olympic qualifiers. On Wednesday, they will start the Main Round with four points (the maximum), where the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and the winner of Monday's duel between Argentina and Congo await them.

Paris came a little closer after a spasm match that the national team survived thanks to the drive of Arcos (five goals after the break) and the saves of Zoqbi (11 interventions and 46% accuracy). With 10 minutes to go, the team was hanging on the ledge, in darkness and without much of the arguments that had boosted them in a great first half (12-16). He had scored just six goals after the restart.

Brazil had come back from Ana Paula's turbo (five goals in the second half). The distances were not great for the South Americans, but the Spain that flowed at the beginning had given way to a bare team. However, it had the virtue of resisting, of denying its own collapse held by the actions of Arcos and Zoqbi, well supported by Alicia Fernández and Silvia Arderius. With five minutes to go, Sole López scratched the tie (24-24), Arcos restored the lead in a counterattack with two minutes to go (25-26) and Zoqbi confirmed the victory with two interventions that tasted like glory. "In difficult moments, we have brought out the spirit. We had the mentality of not falling apart," said Ambros Martín.

🌟Darly Zoqbi de Paula🌟

The game that has been made borders on the supernatural. 42 seconds of a human wall, of a superb performance.

#GuerrerasRTVE Enjoy the @darlyzoqbi pic.twitter.com/DFJVyOjbY6 exhibition

— Teledeporte (@teledeporte) December 3, 2023

Throughout the first half, it was a whole of Spain, compact and, unlike the first two rounds, without short circuits. That would come later. Well tied back and, finally, without excessive losses, its great black hole. And at the helm, the usual one: Mireya González, the light of the attack. Scoring and, above all, assisting the pivot.

From the start, first Lysa Tchaptchet and then Kaba Gassama put on their boots from six meters, almost always well fed by the veteran and then they exhibiting great efficiency. At half-time, everything they threw ended up in the casserole: four goals for the first and two for the second. The two goals from the latter, from Granollers, pushed Spain to a four-point lead at halftime (12-16) after a very convincing first half. The best Spain.

The Pivot Reef

After a first stretch of marking the man, Brazil stopped and Ambros Martín's girls made them pay with several counters. For once, the problem of losses was on the other side and not on the Spanish one. And, in addition, Bruna de Paula, who started with four goals without fail, suffered the second exclusion. The wind was blowing for the national team, something to which the goal also began to contribute. Merche Castellanos hadn't made a save in 16 minutes. Darly Zoqbi burst in and stirred up the afternoon. Scratching back and forth, the more solid Warriors stretched at the break.

As soon as they returned from the 15 minutes of reflection, Spain threatened to score the final goal. Mireya Gonzalez, of course, assisted for Gassama to make it 12-17. But what happened was just the opposite. The dreaded short circuit was already here. In 12 minutes, only one goal from the national team. The road to the pivot of Gassama and Tchaptchet was no longer a freeway and the turnaround was a fact: from 12-17 to 21-19 in the 44th minute. Ana Paula was a cyclone, unstoppable for the defense of the Guerreras, Brazil had stopped losing balls, and on the Spanish coast Mireya González's lighthouse had gone out (no goal in the second half).

The situation was extreme for the Spaniards, aware that the presence in Paris could not be won this Sunday, but it could be lost. And in that swampy terrain, it was Paula Arcos and Darly Zoqbi who defended the fort on both sides of the track. Alicia Fernandez also rowed her own. They prevented the gap from going beyond two goals and, in the final five minutes, his kidney blow snapped a triumph that was celebrated as a title. They didn't win anything, but they could have lost almost everything.

🇪🇸🔥 There's a reason they're 'The Warriors'. There's a reason you always have to trust them.

VICTORY for Spain that makes them reach the 'Main Round' undefeated!

#GuerrerasRTVE BRUTAL pic.twitter.com/2oo5ckcmWa

— Teledeporte (@teledeporte) December 3, 2023

Brazil, 25 - Spain, 27

Brazil: Arenhart and Moreschi in goal; Morena (4), Araújo (2), Rodrigues (8), De Paula (5), Cardoso (1) and Gomes (1) —starting seven—; Lopes, Costa (2), Rosa, Guarieiro (2), Matieli, Fernandes, De Lima and Santos.

Spain: Castellanos and Zoqbi in goal; Arderius (3), Arcos (5), M. González (3), López (4), Etxeberria and Tchaptchet (4) —starting seven—; Fernandez (3), Gassama (3), Perez Buforn (2), L. Gonzalez, G. de Garibay, O'Mullony, So Delgado and Campos.

Partials every five minutes: 3-2, 6-6, 8-7, 9-10, 10-12, 12-16 (half-time), 15-17, 16-18, 20-19, 23-21, 24-23 and 25-27.

Referees: Y. Carmaux and J. Mursch. They excluded De Paula (2), Cardoso, Morena, Rosa, Etxeberria, Zoqbi, Arderius, Arcos and L. González.

Arena Nord in Fredrikshavn. 811 spectators.


This is how Spain's group looks

Spain, 6 points (4)

Brazil, 4 (2)

Ukraine, 2 (0)

Kazakhstan, 0

In parentheses, the points with which each team goes to the second phase (only those achieved against the teams that also advance to the round count)

Other results of the day

Croatia, 39 – China, 13

Ukraine, 37 – Kazakhstan, 24

Senegal, 18 – Sweden, 26

Greenland, 23 – Austria, 43

Romania, 37 – Serbia, 28

Norway, 33 – South Korea, 23

Chile, 11 – Denmark, 46

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Source: elparis

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