World champion Denmark fails in the preliminary round
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The European Handball Championship has its next favorite fall: Denmark and world champion and Olympic champion have already eliminated before the final group game. The hoped-for aid from Iceland against Hungary failed to materialize.
DThe Danish world champions around superstar Mikkel Hansen watched the cheers of the Hungarians with a petrified expression, their fans, however hopeful at the beginning, fought with tears. At the European Handball Championship, the next title contender after France had already failed in the preliminary round – because Iceland's hoped-for shooting aid failed to materialize in the 18:24 (12: 9) defeat against Hungary.
Before the Danish players warmed up for their insignificant last group game in Malmö against Russia, they had to watch the Hungarian dances around the outstanding goalkeeper Roland Mikler. The game against the Russians for the preliminary round was only a chore for the Olympic champion one year after the World Cup triumph in their own country.
A defeat against Iceland and a draw against Hungary was not enough for the Danes. The three-time European champion France had previously failed after losing to Portugal and runner-up Norway.
Hungary is fighting for the semi-finals
Despite the victory against the Danes, Iceland does not take a point into the second phase of the tournament, while Hungary fights with two points in the next games for the semi-finals. Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden complete the group. In addition to Mikler, Bence Banhidi was the Hungarian winner with eight goals.
Until the break it looked good for Iceland under the eyes of the Danish players. But after the change, the team around the ex-Kiel Aron Palmarsson, who scored only four goals in eleven throws, made too many mistakes – the loud support of the Danish supporters didn't help. Only six goals in the second half were clearly too few. Icelanders simply couldn't find a match against Mikler, who was awarded the game. The disappointed Danes and their fans suffered.
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