The Danes easily reached the semi-finals, the Spaniards eliminated the Norwegians after extra time

The Danes easily reached the semi-finals, the Spaniards eliminated the Norwegians after extra time
The Danes easily reached the semi-finals, the Spaniards eliminated the Norwegians after extra time

Denmark, which won the last two world titles in handball, beat Hungary 40:23 in the quarter-finals of this year’s world championship and became the first semi-finalist. It was much more dramatic in the match between Norway and Spain, where the Spaniards forced overtime in the last second (25:25) and advanced after two hours and 10 minutes of play, winning 35:34 after two overtimes.

WC in handball 2023, quarter-finals



Denmark outplayed Hungary by 17 goals to advance to the semi-finals.
Photo: Gulliver Image

Selected by the Danish coach Nikolaj Jacobsen they had the reins of the game in their hands from the first minute to the last. Already in the first half of the match, they gained a nine-goal advantage (21:12), and in the following, they only refined their good supply of goals for the final victory with +17. They were the most effective with the Danes Mathias Gidsel with nine and Simon Bogetoft Pytlick with eight goals, while our eastern neighbors have Richard Bodo and Mate Lekai scored six goals each.

The Spaniards, who were better than the Norwegians after a real marathon in Gdańsk, await the dancers in the semi-finals, which will be held on January 27. The Northerners brilliantly opened the game in the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, where the Slovenians shared the right David Sok and Bojan Lah. They took the lead with 6:2 and 7:3, but then the players of the Spanish coach caught their breath Jordi Ribera and quickly caught the connector. In the following, there was dust in all directions in the port city of Poland. In an exciting playoff, victory first smiled on the Norwegians, and a second before the end of regular time, the former Celjani scored the equalizing goal Daniel Dushebaev.




Norway squandered the win. | Photo: Reuters


Norway squandered the win.
Photo: Reuters

In the first 10-minute overtime, the scales did not tilt in favor of Spain or Norway, but in the end of the second, Daniel Dušebaev was again the man of the decision, who scored for 35:34. In the last Norwegian attack, the goalkeeper showed himself with a bravura defense Gonzalo Perez de Vargas and the Spanish celebration could begin. They are with the Spaniards Angel Fernandez and Alex Dushebaev scored seven goals each, but he was the most effective for the Norwegians Christian Bjornsen with nine hits. He scored one less Sebastian Barthold.

In the evening, Sweden and Egypt will clash in Stockholm, while at the same time, France and Germany will fight for a place in the semi-finals.

Slovenia finished the world championship in tenth place.

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