How our internationals fared
Late in the week, several Paris Saint-Germain Handball players wrapped up their qualification campaign for Euro 2022 in Slovakia and Hungary next January. Check out how they did, both individually and collectively.
Already assured of qualification for Euro 2022 in Hungary and Slovakia next January, it was a relaxed French team who played host to Greece in Créteil a few days after having beaten them in the reverse fixture (31-40). France coach Guillaume Gille opted for a reshuffle of the squad, which benefited several of our players, including Benoît Kounkoud (3 from 3), Elohim Prandi (one goal) and Dylan Nahi (7 from 8). It was little surprise that Les Bleus finished their group phase with a perfectly controlled victory (46-30), claiming second place in Group 1.
Dainis Kristopans' huge effort was not enough to give Latvia a win away to Group 6 co-leaders Belarus (30-26). The Parisian right-back put in a good performance, scoring four times. This fifth defeat in six games for the Latvians condemns them to last place in the group and, with two points on the board, they finish on a par with Italy, but with a worse goal difference (-9).
The Dutch are definitely the surprise packet of Euro qualifying! They punched their ticket for the finals by clinching another win, trumping Poland (who were without Kamil Syprzak) on Sunday afternoon (32-30). Parisian playmaker Luc Steins was particularly outstanding, finding the net six times from eight attempts. The Netherlands thus finished second in Group 5, locked on points with Slovenia, while Poland also qualified - as the best of the third-placed sides.
Denmark (without Mikkel Hansen) made light work of the Nordic derby against Finland (46-24). The outcome seemed clear even at half-time (30': 24-11), with our pivot Henrik Toft Hansen showing formidable efficiency with 4 from 4. The Scandinavians thus finish at the top of Group 7, locked on points with Macedonia but with a better head-to-head record over tier qualifying double-header (+13).
Finally, Spain, already qualified for the Euro as holders of the title, were playing the next round of the EHF Euro Cup 2022. After a mixed campaign, the Hispanos returned to winning ways and beat Slovakia - who did not score a single point in this mini-tournament - 27-21. Our two players, Viran Morros and Ferran Solé Sala, did not tremble in front of the target. They both finished the match with 100% shooting success, bagging one and two goals respectively. La Roja finished third, behind Hungary and Croatia.
(Credits: FFHANDBALL / ICONSPORT)