Handball World Cup 2023: Serbia keeps its slim chance

Serbia celebrated its first win in the principle spherical of the World Handball Championship and thus saved a minimum of a theoretical chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

Relief: Serbia wins for the primary time in opposition to Argentina in the principle spherical.
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Coach Tony Gerona’s college students beat Argentina 28:22 (12:10). The high scorer was as soon as once more right-winger Bogdan Radivojevic (6), whereas Francisco Lombardi scored a mighty 9 for Argentina. At the top of the principle spherical, Serbia will face the Netherlands on Monday (6:00 p.m.), with Argentina already trying to win the primary most important spherical in opposition to Qatar at 3:30 p.m.

After a balanced begin (3:3, 8), the sport appeared to be going in line with plan from the Serbian perspective: Vukasin Vorkapic made it 5:3 (eleventh), Radivojevic quickly made it 7:5. (seventeenth). However, a half-time penalty in opposition to Mihailo Marsenić turned the tide: Argentina took a shock 9-8 lead earlier than Diego Simone’s personal objective (twenty third) made it 4-1.

It heated up – solely getting extra tense simply earlier than the break: Uros Borzas pushed Pablo Simonet on a breakaway and landed tough. Marsenik intervened and a package deal appeared. Algerian referees Belhiri/Hamidi reviewed the video proof and despatched off the Simonette brothers, apart from Marsenich, for 2 minutes.

The Argentinians needed to pay dearly for being outnumbered: Serbia managed to equalize at 10:10 (twenty eighth) at halftime, after which they took a 12:10 lead on the break with two fast targets.

A theoretical framework with two German defeats

After the restart, Serbia prolonged its lead from 15:10 (thirty third) to 19:13 (forty second). The Argentinians struggled in opposition to a compact Serbian protection however discovered no answer. In this fashion, the distinction was tolerated and ultimately, Serbia deservedly received with the rating of 28:22 and saved the theoretical chance.

Now, Serbia must hope that Germany will lose to the Netherlands and Norway, and the Netherlands will beat themselves. In this case, it will likely be a three-way tie between group leaders Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Serbia with a rating of 6:4. With Serbia dropping to Germany by only one objective, Holland wanted extra wins than Holland did in opposition to Germany.

Serbia – Argentina 28:22 (12:10)

Serbia: Kupara, Milosavliev – Radivojevic 6/5, Orbovic 4, V. Ilic 3, Milosavljevic 3, Borzas 2, N. Ilic 2, Kukic 2, Pechmalbek 2, Vorkapic 2, Dodic 1, Marsenic 1, Abutovic, Dordic
Argentina: 1-bar, Maciel – Lombardi 9/2, Martinez 5/2, D. Simone 4, Martinez Cami 1, Moscariello 1, Parker 1, Barcelo Garcia, Bonanno, Cangiani, Casanova, Castro, F. Pizarro, P. Simone, Weinstein
Referee: Youssef Belhiri (Algeria)/Sid Ali Hamidi (Algeria)
Viewers: 2550
penalty minutes: 10/10
Disqualification: – / –

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