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Spain remains undefeated at handball worlds

Spain remains undefeated at handball worlds

Juan Garcia tallied 10 goals as titleholder Spain remained undefeated at the handball world championship with a 33-29 victory against Russia on Wednesday.
Alberto Entrerrios added eight goals for the Spaniards, who improved to 2-0 in Group 2. Konstantin Igropulo had six goals for four-time Olympic champion Russia, which dropped to 0-2.
With Spain at 2-0 in the six-team group is Hungary, for which Gergo Ivancsik scored seven goals in a 28-25 victory over the Czech Republic.
Filip Jicha's nine goals were not enough for the Czechs, who fell behind 8-0 in the first half and are 0-2 in Group 2.
Olympic champion Croatia also moved to 2-0 by beating Denmark 28-26 as the Croatians outscored the Danes 3-1 over the final five minutes. Ivan Balic scored nine goals for Croatia.
Denmark dropped to 0-2 despite Lasse Boesen's seven goals.
In Group 1, Iceland collected its third victory in four games, beating Tunisia 36-30 just two days after shocking European champion France.
Iceland is the surprise group leader at 2-0. Olafur Stefansson scored eight goals and Logi Geirsson added seven.
Tunisia dropped to 0-2 despite leading 19-16 at halftime and Wissem Hmam hitting nine goals.
Tournament host Germany is 1-1 after a 35-29 success against Slovenia, repeating the outcome of the 2004 European Championship final.
Pascal Hens struck nine times and Florian Kehrmann scored eight goals for Germany. Siarhei Rutenka's 12 goals were not enough as Slovenia dropped to 1-1.
France meanwhile got back on track after the Iceland loss, beating Poland 31-22 with Jerome Fernandez scoring six goals. Both the French and Poland are 1-1 in the group.
The top four teams from the two groups qualify for the quarterfinals.
On hand for the Spain-Russia game was the Duke of Palma de Mallorca Inaki Urdangarin, married to Duchess of Palma de Mallorca and the Spanish king's younger daughter Infanta Cristina since 1997.
Urdangarian played for Spain, winning two bronze medals (1996 and 2000) at three Olympics.
Denmark and Croatia considered boycotting the match because of the poor flooring in Mannheim's SAP Arena. But technicians worked throughout Tuesday night to bring it up to standard.


Updated : 2021-05-15 07:47 GMT+08:00