Sigurdsson's Japanese are out: Spain, Sweden and Hungary solve the main round ticket

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On Saturday begins the main round of the Handball World Cup and now is also the second opponent for the DHB selection: The team of Christian Prokop meets Spain.

European champions Spain, Sweden and Hungary have solved their ticket for the main round at the Handball World Cup in Germany and Denmark. Ex-World Champion Spain prevailed in Group B in Munich with 32:21 (13:12) against Macedonia and thus meets in the beginning of Saturday in Cologne second tournament phase on the selection of the German Handball Federation (DHB).

Croatia's favorite Croatia had already secured a clear 32:20 (19: 9) against outsiders Bahrain in the Olympiahalle as German opponents. The two-time Olympic champion spared numerous stars for the group final on Thursday against Spain. Manuel Strlek was best scorer of his team with eleven goals.

The third German main round opponent will be on Thursday in a direct duel between the EM-Eleventh Macedonia and the World Cup -14. Iceland determined. Spain won against Macedonia thanks to a strong interim spurt at the start of the second half. The Iberians extended their 13:12 pause lead to 18:12 within three minutes. Best Spanish thrower was Aleix Gomez with six goals.

Qatar retains a chance

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Ex-national coach Dagur Sigurdsson has meanwhile conceded with Japan, the fourth defeat. The sixth Asian Cup defeated Iceland despite a pleasing performance 21:25 (12:13) and has after the fourth defeat in the fourth game no chance to reach the round of the top twelve teams. "You deserved the win, you were always one step ahead, I'm happy with the performance of my team, maybe we'll need another two to three years to win those games," Sigurdsson said. The Icelandic had sensationally led the DHB selection 2016 with a final victory against Spain to the European title.

Vice European Champion Sweden defeated Qatar in Group D in Copenhagen with 23:22 (10:11). Former Vice World Champion Qatar has despite the third defeat in the fourth game but still a small chance to the main round.

In the meantime, the FIFA World Cup ™ seventh ended 30:30 (14:14) with Egypt. The Egyptians would have the main round in a victory against outsiders Angola on Thursday sure. Before Spain, Sweden and Hungary already had co-hosts Germany, defending champion France, Olympic champion Denmark, Vice World Champion Norway and Croatia the ticket safely. The first two teams of the two main round groups move into the semi-final on 25 January in Hamburg.