DAfter the historic title of the World Championship, Denmark’s handball gamers gave free rein to their feelings and danced on the ground. Former Bundesliga coach Nicolai Jakobsen’s staff turned the first staff in the World Cup’s 85-year historical past to win a 3rd consecutive title. The reigning champions gained 34-29 (16-15) in opposition to Olympic champions and report world champions France in Sunday’s high-profile remaining to clinch the title in 2019 and 2021.
“I can not imagine it,” Jacobsen informed Danish radio station DR, “It’s laborious to seek out the proper phrases while you’ve simply turn into a world champion. Of course, I’m very proud. We had an excellent match, it was an excellent recreation of handball.”
“A baby’s dream”
Top scorers for the winners had been Rasmus Lauge with ten objectives and Simon Pitlick (9). Nedim Remilly scored six objectives in opposition to France. “It’s loopy, a child’s dream,” Pitlick stated.
At the identical time, the Danes efficiently avenged bitter remaining defeats to France at the 2011 World Cup and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. For the “Equipe tricolore”, it was the second chapter in the remaining of the eighth World Cup. The first was in opposition to Russia 30 years in the past – additionally in Stockholm.
Bronze went to Spain. In the second EM mini-final, they defeated the European champion Sweden with a rating of 39:36 (18:22) and upset the host. The German staff defeated Norway 28:24 and completed the match in fifth place.
The remaining was additionally a showdown between two of the greatest handball stars of the previous 15 years, Nikola Karabátic and Mikkel Hansen, who every had three world titles and performed collectively at Paris Saint-Germain from 2015 to 2022.
The 38-year-old Frenchman has gained ten gold medals in his sports activities profession – three at the Olympic Games and the European Championships and 4 in the combat for the title of world champion. Denmark, who is three years his junior, now boasts 5 World Championships, European Championships and Olympic Games victories.
Hansen obtained off to begin together with his staff. After seven minutes, Denmark led by 4 objectives, 6-2. France coach Guillaume Gill responded with an early timeout, however his staff continued to combat.
This was attributable to two Bundesliga professionals amongst the Danes. German report champion THW Kiel’s goalkeeper Niklas Landin turned away a number of photographs from the French who destroyed the medal goals of the DHB choice in the quarter-finals. In assault, Mathias Gidsel from Bundesliga chief Fuchse Berlin created lots of stress and threatened the purpose from behind.
Only in the final levels of the first half did the French beat their opponents and enter the purpose. Even after the modifications, neither staff gave something away. Although the Danes pulled inside 4 objectives, France held on and diminished the lead in the closing levels. However, the turnaround failed – in the finish, Denmark celebrated.