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Denmark upsets Spain at handball worlds

Denmark upsets Spain at handball worlds

Lars Christiansen scored seven times as Denmark upset titleholder Spain 27-23 at the handball world championship on Thursday.
Denmark's tough defense held Spain's top offensive star Juan Garcia to just two goals. Alberto Entrerrios led the Iberians with five goals.
Denmark, which improved to 1-2 after the victory in Group 2, stopped Spain from advancing to the quarterfinals. Spain dropped to 2-1 with its first loss of the tournament.
Olympic champion Croatia became the first team to reach the final eight with a 25-18 victory against Hungary, and had a second reason to celebrate when defensive ace Davor Dominikovic was cleared of doping accusations by the world ruling body IHF, and free to join the team immediately.
Blazenko Lackovic led the undefeated Croatians with six scores.
Croatia heads Group 2 with a 3-0 record while Hungary _ without starting goalkeeper Nenad Puljezevic _ suffered its first loss in dropping to 2-1.
Eduard Koksharov struck nine times as Russia beat Czech Republic 30-26 to move to 1-2. The Czechs dropped to 0-3 despite 10 goals by Filip Jicha.
In Group 1, Iceland missed a chance to advance to the quarterfinals as Karol Bielecki and Mariusz Jurasik each scored seven goals in Poland's 35-33 victory against the northern Europeans.
Iceland lost despite four players scoring six goals each.
Both teams are 2-1 in the group.
European champion France also improved to 2-1 _ and took the lead in the group _ thanks to a convincing 33-19 beating of Slovenia, which dropped to 1-2.
Nikola Karabatic paced the French with six goals and Jure Natek struck five times for the Slovenians. But the tough France defense held Slovenian star Siarhei Rutenka to just three goals.
Host Germany had Christian Zeitz score seven goals in a comfortable 35-28 victory against Tunisia, improving to 2-1.
Tunisia dropped to 0-3 as star Wissem Hman scored only five goals.
Following the decision that he had not doped, Dominikovic planned to replace Duvnjak Domagoj on Croatia's roster at the worlds.
"It's been proven that Dominikovic was not doping," the IHF confirmed on Thursday.
The Croatian federation accused the Spanish league _ where Dominikovic plays for Portland San Antonio _ of dirty tricks. Tests of Dominikovic were apparently swapped in a Madrid laboratory, which first announced a positive test.
The Spanish federation apologized to the Croatians.
Dominikovic helped Croatia to the 2003 world championship crown and the 2004 Olympic title.


Updated : 2020-12-02 11:47 GMT+08:00