summaryThis is another entry. Men’s handball begins the European Championship with a thrilling victory over host country Hungary (28-31). This is how you silence a huge yard.
Of course no athlete calling for a championship has no chance. Or he does not have work in a strong field of participants. The handball guys saw plenty of chances for the European Championship in Budapest of course. ‘If we have a good day, we can beat Hungary, Iceland and Portugal,’ said national team coach Erlingor Richardson. , but it is also an honor for us to play this European Championship. And then also in this vast hall.”
Thus, the brand new MVM Dome in Budapest, halfway between the center and the airport, is something special. One of the largest indoor arenas in Europe with a capacity of 20,000 seats. Where the mother country, fifth in the last World Cup, is under tremendous pressure and the orange has in principle nothing to lose. In all the previews, the Netherlands ranked 23rd out of 24 participants, somewhere near Lithuania.
The Netherlands is a hottie in the international handball world, and qualifying for the previous European Championship was a real sensation. Now Richardson and his men want to survive the first stage and force a place among the top 12 nations. But at whose expense? All enemies have their own characteristics, they all belong to the European sub-top.
Orange gets this huge bathtub cool anyway. Thanks to goalkeepers Bart Ravensbergen and Dennis Schilkens, who both saved a penalty kick from Dominique Mateh. But especially thanks to the patriotic royal couple: Luc Steins and Kay Smits. It’s not big but it’s fast, turns quickly and plays frivolously. Shortly before the break, Smits scores with a kite – so it floats across the circle – as directed by director Steins. Because Holland takes advantage of the opponent’s mistakes, there is rapid progress on the board. No matter how hard the Hungarians tried, they would not be able to finish the backlog.
In the second half, the Netherlands has an additional player with Danny Bigins. Besides Smits in particular (11 hits), he’s definitely the man of the match.
Orange has to put up with something. Red card for the corner player Rutger Ten Felde, a kick to the head Biggins. But Richardson’s men continue to rise, ready for the next battle. Smaller than the galactic bears, but they are brave. All in all, Hungary comes after the Challenger (28-28). But before the scoreboard was updated, Jeffrey Boomhouwer scored in the other side and the pressure was back on the fav.
In the remaining two minutes, Holland can complete the sensation, and the Hungarians succumb to the pressure. Samir Bin Ghanem and Bigins decide the match on a unique evening for Dutch men’s handball.
This is the biggest win in the history of Dutch men’s handball. He was pleasantly surprised by the maturity and intelligence of the team. There was no panic or turmoil once Hungary started to race to catch up. We are defeating one of the most powerful European countries. In the first half, our coverage was good, and when it went down a bit, we were still standing.”
‘I hope it turns things up in Holland,’ Captain Bobby Chagen replied. “We were ahead from the start. She survived difficult situations, like two minutes with less players. We stayed calm, and then you get this. Obviously this is a great start to the tournament for us.”
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