World Handball Championship: Sweden helps Hungary reach the quarterfinals

In the final foremost spherical recreation in Group II, the hosts Sweden and Portugal had a tricky struggle, and the Scandinavians prevailed with the rating 25:19, thus delighting the Hungarians and ousting the Portuguese.

Led Sweden to victory with eight targets: Daniel Petterson.
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Sweden had been topped group winners earlier than the recreation, whereas Portugal have been in dire straits: the Iberian aspect wanted at the least a draw to advance to the quarter-finals behind the Scandinavians. Hungary will be part of the reigning European champions in the event that they win.

The recreation began with a couple of lapses that brought on a number of shocked faces in Gothenburg: For instance, Hampus Wann had a great seven-meter throw over the bar (4th). The first objective of the recreation belonged to THW Kiel’s defender Erik Johansson, who hit the ball into the internet from the backcourt (5′). There have been eight missed photographs for 4 targets (2-2) after eight minutes, though each goalkeepers made uncommon saves.

Portugal began nicely

Portugal then improved, opening a two-goal lead by means of Victor Iturriza (twelfth) to make it 4-6. It took 4 minutes for Sweden to tie the rating at 8-8: Johansson scored for the fourth time. Two minutes later, Daniel Petterson made the rating 9:8 and compelled the southern Europeans to timeout (18′).

As a consequence, the Iberians strengthened once more and regained the lead, which is value watching: Francisco Costa transformed Rui Silva’s Kempa move (11:10, 24). The recreation was tight and contested till the break, however whilst the half-time siren sounded, the Portuguese took the lead after Antonio Area transformed a seven-metre free kick to make it 14-13.

A aggressive recreation

After the turnover, the recreation was initially shut and balanced, main till 15:16 (thirty seventh). Still with the Portuguese. After about ten minutes, the momentum turned to the Swedes, who now elevated the pace of the recreation and in the individual of the goalkeeper Tobias Thulin and improved the 4-0 run at 22:18 (forty third). Pereira responded with a second time-out, his workforce now wanting ahead to an exit from the foremost spherical.

Nevertheless, Daniel Petterson made the rating 25:19 with a distinction of six targets (forty sixth). In a troublesome time, the Iberians got here shut once more and had the alternative to cut back the rating distinction at 26:23 (52nd). Indeed, Rui Silva made it 26-24, respiratory new life into his nation’s quarter-final hopes. When the rating was 27:26, Glen Solberg took a timeout (54th).

At 29:26 it was clear once more: the timeout had a huge impact (56th). Portugal continued to struggle the knockout risk, however Daniel Petterson was unstoppable.

His objective at 30:26 was his eighth of the night time, and he nonetheless hasn’t had a shot. That mortgage was too excessive for Portugal, who subsequently completed fourth in the foremost spherical behind Sweden, Hungary and Iceland. The remaining rating was 32:30.

Sweden – Portugal 32:30 (13:14)

Sweden: Appelgren, Thulin – D. Pettersson 8, Johansson 7, Bergendal 3, Pellas 3, Karlsbogard 2, Darge 2, Forsell Scheffert 2, Gottfriedsson 2, Clair 1, Persson 1, Sandell 1, Ekberg, F. Pettersson, Vann
Portugal: Ferreira Espinha, Gaspar – Area 8/5, Iturrica 7, R. Silva 6, Mota Da Costa 4, Freud 2, Magaljes 2, Fernandez 1, Borges, Branquinho, Cavalcanti, Costa, A. Gomez, Martinez, Portela Referee: Charlotte Bonaventure (France)/Julie Bonaventure (France)
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