With summaryHandball players achieved victory in the second match in the qualifiers for the European Championship 2024 against Finland. In Karis, Finland, national coach Per Johansson’s team scored 31-13.
After two matches, the Netherlands leads the group, which also includes the Czech Republic. The handball players won the first qualifying match last Thursday Portugal 38-27.
The national coach had left Louis Abing, Angela Malistain and Bo van Wetering at home for the match in Finland. He has added Aliki van Mourik, Daphne Lucchese and Louis van Vliet to the selection.
Against Finland, the Netherlands started with Rinka Duijndam in goal. Later, Tess Lieder and Yara ten Holt also got playing time. Finnish handball players opened the score and tied with the Netherlands in the preliminary stage with a score of 3-3. The Dutch team then went 7-3. The score of the first half was 15-7.
There is no throttle back
In the second half, the handball players ran away from the opponent, who managed to score only six goals. Lucchese scored the thirty-first and final goal for the Dutch national team.
Larissa Nasr, who was named player of the match, scored four goals, as did Kim Molenaar, Kelly Dolfer and Kelly Volbergt. Inger Smits, Zoe Sprengers and Nikita van der Vliet were minutes three times. Van Murik scored two goals, and Lucchese, Van Vliet, Merrill Frericks and Tamara Haggerty scored one.
The best two teams from each group and the best four No. 3s qualify directly for the 2024 European Championship, which will be held in three countries: Hungary, Austria and Switzerland. Johansson’s team will play for the first time in the World Cup finals in Denmark, Norway and Sweden at the end of this year.
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