Denmark has secured at the Handball world Championships with a 30:26 (13:13) victory against Sweden in first place in the main round group 2. Mikkel Hansen was the six goals in Denmark’s best pitcher. In the semi-final the Team of coach Nikolaj Jacobsen meets six times champion of France.

In the Scandinavian duel was Sweden with the strong goalkeeper Andreas Palicka long a worthy opponent, before Denmark could settle after the break for the first time. With a win, the Swedes could still reach the semi-finals, the match for fifth place. Opponents will be Croatia.

France – Croatia 20:23 (11:11)

France’s handball team have lost at the world Cup, their last main round match in Cologne 20:23 (11:11) against Croatia. The best pitcher in the winner Zlatko Horvat with seven goals. Again in Croatia, one in France now. On the day exactly six years ago, that France had recently lost a game in a world Cup final – in the quarter-finals in 2013, they lost to Croatia, at the time, even 23:30 (12:13).

It was followed by two finals at the end of the world champion in each of France, was called. An incredible 24 games in a row, France has remained undefeated. And then by Croatia, which secured the victory in front of 17.191 spectators in the main round group and thus participating in a qualifying tournament for the Olympic games 2020 in Tokyo. The world champion will qualify directly for the Olympics.

Norway – Hungary 35:26 (16:13)

Norway has won in the main round group II in the Danish city of Herning 35:26 (16:13) against Hungary, and meets in the semi-finals on Friday (20.30 clock; TV: ARD, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE) in Germany. Best pitcher in the Norwegians Magnus Jöndal and Magnus rod, each with seven goals.

More results:
Brazil – Iceland 32:29 (15:15)
Tunisia – Egypt 23:30 (10:15)


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