Unprecedented situation

Spain – Brazil and Croatia – Japan are the two matches in the men’s handball World Cup in Egypt that ended on Friday with the same tie, 29-29, on the second day of the competition, a situation unprecedented in the history of the tournament final.

Spain – Brazil 29-29 (16-13)

Spain and Brazil are two of the possible contenders for the top stages of the Egyptian World Cup. Jose de Toledo, a “regimented” handball player in Romania, played for Minaur Baia Mare on Friday, who scored 3 goals for his team. The match had the advantage of the South Americans in the first 15 minutes, after which the Iberians went to the helm, having in some places even 6 goals in front.

Toledo & Co mobilized in the last 10 minutes, recovered step by step and equalized at 26-26, even taking the lead one minute before the end.

Spain scored for 29-29 and the two teams shared their two points fraternally, a result that does not benefit either.

Croatia – Japan 29-29 (14-17)

The cherry blossom representative was on the verge of providing the biggest surprise of the tournament so far. Croatia, former world champion and runner-up, was a definite favorite before the match, but it did not show that on the field, where the Japanese led, to the general surprise, even with 6 goals, in the first half. The Croatians had great difficulties in recovering the difference, in front of a team that played in speed and caught on the counterattack. However, the superior experience had its say and the Croatians came back empty, after the goal, tying 23-23. But even here they could not take advantage,
the Japanese eventually snatching the equal.

The other games in the first part of Friday ended with expected results, Germany surpassing Uruguay.

Qatar – Angola 30-25
Argentina – Congo 28-22
Germany – Uruguay 43 14

The matches Denmark – Bahrain, Tunisia – Poland and Hungary – Cape Verde still have to be played on Friday.


Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.

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