How our internationals are faring
This week, Paris Saint-Germain Handball have no matches to play, but several of our players will be on national team duty as qualifying continues for Euro 2022, which will take place next January, in Hungary and Slovakia. Check out their results.
On Thursday, the Netherlands and Luc Steins took another step towards Euro 2022 with a win in Turkey (24-32). With our centre-half contributing a goal, the Dutch got their third victory in five games and are now level with Group 5 leaders Slovenia, who were beaten in Poland (without Kamil Syprzak). Our two players' teams will face each other in Almere on Sunday, the final day of this qualifying campaign. If they win away from home, the Poles will be ahead of their direct opponents.
YEAH! Wij hebben met 24-32 gewonnen van Turkije👊 De volgende stap naar het EK2022 is gezet☄️ pic.twitter.com/KovkZX31HN— Handbalheren Oranje (@Handbalheren) April 29, 2021
Dainis Kristopans' Latvia had two games to play on Wednesday and Thursday in a double-header on home soil against Norway. Unfortunately for our right-back, both matches ended in defeat. However, our player did his utmost to make Norway doubt themselves! In the first match, the Poles had the upper hand against one of the best teams in the world (30': 13-14). But, despite Dainis' five goals, they could not keep the pace in the final 30 minutes (23-28). The next day, things were much less balanced (36-17). It should be noted that the Parisian scored again, with two goals. The Latvians will try to get a second group stage victory on Sunday, when they travel to Group 6's co-leaders Belarus.
Denmark had a tough task against Switzerland on Wednesday afternoon. Without Mikkel Hansen - but with Henrik Toft Hansen (scorer of three goals) - the Danes won by one point (29-30). The victory gave them a four-point lead over the Swiss, who are in third place, with one match to go. The two-time World Champions will be back at the next European Championships (together with North Macedonia, second in Group 7). On Sunday, they will face Finland.
Spain, meanwhile, have already qualified for the Euro as reigning champions. Thus Viran Morros, Ferran Solé Sala and their compatriots are participating in the EHF Euro Cup, together with Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary. It was the latter that the Hispanos faced on Wednesday evening. Although they were ahead at the break (30': 15-14), they did not manage to keep their advantage in the second half and finally lost by two points (28-30). Ferran scored from three of his four attempts. La Roja are now in third place and will face bottom-placed Slovakia on Sunday.