Olympic Qualifiers Review (Day 1): Spain, Hungary closer to Olympics! | Handball Planet

Olympic Qualifiers Review (Day 1): Spain, Hungary closer to Olympics!

Favorites won today, but it was Spain and Hungary that made the most of it, as they won the games against direct opponents for the first two places in the three Olympic Qualifying groups that lead to the Olympic Games in London 2012.

In Gothenburg, the host team Sweden as expected beat Brazil with 25:20 (12:10), but still has the two important games against Hungary and Macedonia left. In the derby game in this group, Hungary is with one-leg at the Olympic Games as they beat Macedonia with 28:26 (15:13), with the Hungarian goalkeepers making important saves, but also Carlos Perez having a good come back in the national team.

In Varazdin, Croatia had an easy job against Japan, and easily cruised past them, winning with huge 36:22 (16:14), while in the other game Iceland also as expected beat Chile with 25:17 (12:7).

In Alicante was played the other most interesting game today where the host team Spain beat the silver-medalist (EC 2012) Serbia with 30:27 (11:10), a game that was decided in the end, with Serbia keeping the 1-goal distance to Spain until the 57th minute, when Spain made a 3-0 run. In the other game, Poland had a very hard job against Algeria, as they only won with 28:27 (11:13), and now remain in the fight for one of the first two places.

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