What about Spain, as soon as once more within the battle for handball medals? There are nonetheless these now baptized by the advertising and marketing like Hispanics, manufacturing semifinals like screws and matches like cathedrals each January. As if it have been easy. The best consultants within the subject say that they don’t have the perfect gamers, nor essentially the most fearsome physique, nor essentially the most highly effective pitchers. And what else offers? They, to theirs. One other assembly for the museum of its historical past, one other semifinal to the gathering after a day to make an appointment with the heart specialist. Since their first medal, the European silver in 1996, they’ve reached the semifinals in 22 of the 35 main tournaments doable. The final 5 instances, in a row. Does anybody give extra in Spanish sport? On Friday (time to be decided), within the battle for an additional closing, they’ll face Denmark, who overwhelmed Hungary (40-23)
Most likely, nobody offers extra as a result of nobody resists like they do. They have been lifeless with 5 seconds to go along with a purpose down (25-24) and possession for Norway, however Norway threw them a lifeline. He forgot to assault, conservatism received the higher of him and it’s already recognized that Spain led by Álex Dujshebaev (MVP) can’t be thrown a float within the Pacific as a result of it turns it into an ocean liner. The referees penalized the Nordics with passive and 4 seconds have been sufficient for the ball to achieve Dani Dujshebaev from coast to coast and he caught the tie (25-25). The crew had been clinging to the eaves all afternoon, particularly surviving, and at that second a shock ran by means of the Gdansk pavilion. The primary signal of the brand new pike.
The actual fact is that later those that forgave have been the Hispanics, on the finish of the primary extension. Not in such an exaggerated approach, but additionally. They gained by one (29-28), Pérez de Vargas had made two enormous saves; Nevertheless, the sentencing assault with a couple of seconds left dried up and Bjornsen, a torment at the moment, compelled the second additional time. However there was not a second pardon.
There was no method to cease Bjornsen, the intense proper. 9 pitches and 9 targets. Little hint in scoring from Sagosen (three targets in 10 makes an attempt, though he did with 10 assists from him) and even much less from Johannessen (zero targets), two of the principle threats of a really sharp Nordic entrance line. Those that had produced essentially the most had been the extremes: Bjornsen and, on the opposite wing, Barthold (eight hits). Similar to a improbable Ángel Fernández on the opposite shore (eight with out failure), a breather when he tightened the rope essentially the most.
There was no brake for the Spaniard, however there was for Bjornsen. Dani Dujshebaev had scored with 50 seconds to go, he once more, and Pérez de Vargas made good the saying devoted to goalkeepers that claims that it would not matter what number of cease, however when. And on the tenth try of the Norwegian, within the final motion of the second extension, head to head, the Toledo (17 interventions and 35% success charge) mentioned that that was not the case anymore, that he was not prepared to deal with penalties, that that afternoon he was from Spain once more.
The conflict had barely began and Spain was already doomed to resistance as a result of Norway put it proper firstly within the Polish fridge. 6-2 for minute eight and Jordi Ribera’s name to order. Sagosen was the grasp of the hut, the crew couldn’t discover the turns in assault to the central block of the Nordics, his protection didn’t command and he couldn’t run. Even Kauldi Odriozola gave up a penalty and, after the timeout, the one who was activated with three saves in a row was the goalkeeper Bergerud, who had simply come off a colossal efficiency in opposition to Germany lower than 48 hours in the past. The afternoon had began very crooked.
However it’s already recognized that Hispanics are consultants in escapism, in adjusting on the fly and discovering the twists to essentially the most twisted sudoku. All of the sudden, Pérez de Vargas made his debut within the thirteenth minute -until then he needed to anticipate his first intervention- and Sagosen lent a hand together with his second exclusion in just 1 / 4 of an hour. A spot for anybody, a spot for Spain, which started its climb. A lot in order that they went from 7-3 in opposition to to 9-10 of their favor within the twenty second minute with a purpose from Ángel Fernández, an ideal reduction for the crew. Alternative seized and the rival star with the backpack of two exclusions on the first trade. It wasn’t so chilly anymore (contained in the pavilion).
Nevertheless, Spain didn’t really feel dominating the rhythm both, slightly resistant. Losses penalized her. If she did not run, she had a nasty time. Fortunately for Ribera’s boys, the Nordics additionally missed a number of assaults alongside the best way, and that gave them yet one more grip. 13-12 on the break.
The reflection time returned an trade of blows, with Cañellas as the principle character of the plot. The veteran, with all of the comings and goings of him, continues to interrupt good stone. Two targets, an help and a steal within the first minutes of the restart at a time when Ribera turned to 2 pivots (Abel Serdio and Adrià Figueras) to open up lanes within the rival forest. And the method gave him success: 19-20 in minute 43 with a seven-meter shot transformed by Figueras. The identical as to catch up once more with 24-22 down with seven minutes to go. Two different consecutive targets from Figueras returned the tables. And once more that Spain made the rubber.
The choice was holding up splendidly, as at all times, however at that time it was lacking yet one more step. There have been a number of wasted alternatives so as to add a slight benefit and catch some breath. He didn’t fairly discover that time. Or he misplaced balls and even missed a penalty. It got here to a lifeless cease within the final 5 earlier than the primary extension. Till Norway gave him a hand, Dani Dujshebaev caught the tie and the afternoon started to show in the direction of one other final result that tasted like glory for Spanish handball.
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