How our internationals fared
Other than France, who have already qualified for Euro 2020, several nations featuring Paris Saint-Germain Handball players were in action during the week. While Uwe Gensheimer didn't feature as Germany clocked successive wins, others helped to round out the qualification stage, while the host nations faced off in a preparatory tournament.
Off to a great start but still not qualified, Croatia had to get the results in their final two qualifying matches in order to clinch a place at Euro 2020. Mission accomplished for Luka Stepancic and his countrymen, who beat Switzerland in style (28-33). The Parisian top-scored in the match with seven goals before being rested for the final match a few days later - another win, this time over Belgium (28-19), that saw them clinch top spot in the group.
Without Henrik Toft Hansen, but with Mikkel Hansen, Denmark also punched their ticket for Euro 2020. The Parisian left-back was one of the driving forces as the reigning World Champions claimed a solid 30-33 win away to Ukraine, top-scoring with seven strikes. With qualification assured, Mikki didn't feature as the Danes rounded out their Group 7 campaign with a more comfortable win, over the Faroe Islands (31-24) in Aalborg. After finishing fourth in the last Euros, the Danes will be out do better this time around, in Scandinavian territory (Norway and Sweden, but also Austria).
EHF Eurocup 2020 :
Several members of our teams, already qualified for the Euros, faced off in the final rounds of the EHF Eurocup this week. A Spain side featuring Viran Morros (but not the absent Rodrigo Corrales) took on Sweden (who had to do without Kim Ekdahl du Rietz). It was La Roja who came out on top (33-25) and clinched top spot as they did so. On Saturday, Spain had to confirm their form against Sander Sagosen's Norway (who had beaten Austria two days before, with Sander bagging four goals). It was a tight battle, but reigning European Champions Spain edged it, thanks notably to a goal from Viran (30-31), and won the 2020 edition of the tournament, ahead of Norway, Sweden and Austria.
(Credits: J. Azouze/PSG)