Portugal defeated Cape Verde on Friday (23-35) in the second of three video games in Group Two of the 2023 Handball World Cup “primary spherical”. The crew led by Paulo Jorge Pereira is preventing for a spot in the quarter-finals. .
A lopsided second half in favor of the Portuguese aspect, who took a 21-11 benefit, proved decisive for the remaining margin of the match after a extra contentious opening half-hour.
In a primary half usually performed at a slower tempo, with longer and extra cautious assaults, Cape Verde scored in the third minute and Portugal solely scored in the fifth minute, when Kiko Costa made it 1–1.
The first ten minutes had been marked by three exclusions from Cape Verde, who, regardless of having performed extra time in inferiority than parity in the early phases, managed to maintain the rating balanced with both a bonus or a draw.
Pedro Portela made it 4-5 in the eleventh minute to present Portugal the lead. The Portuguese crew nonetheless reached 4-7, the largest margin in the first half, however Cape Verde responded and leveled at 7-7, with Alexis Borges dropping the first for Portugal in the center.
Paulo Jorge Pereira’s crew went a number of minutes with out a aim, however goalkeeper Miguel Espinha ended the aim drought and additionally had a three-goal benefit (9-12), however Cape Verde diminished the deficit, nonetheless reaching 12-13, and it was the solely cause . Not going into the break he misplaced by the slimmest of margins as Lewis Fred took benefit of a fast substitution to make it 12-14 at the high of the horn seconds later.
The second half was extra uneven as Portugal established an unprecedented five-goal lead (12-17) early on. The choice led by Ljubomir Obradovic, Avanka’s present coach and a number of gamers in the Portuguese league, solely managed to attain in the thirty fifth minute and couldn’t get Portugal on the scoreboard.
After Miguel Espinha, second-half substitute Manuel Gaspar additionally scored, changing into the first participant to attain for the primary crew. Paulo Moreno, who already had two suspensions, was despatched off in the forty eighth minute after the ball went into Manuel Gaspar’s face.
The ticking of the clock was synonymous with extending the benefit for Portugal, who grew in the second half and received one other aid that was missing in the first. The benefit reached 15 objectives twice (17-32 and 18-33) and lastly 12 objectives 23-35.
The dream of bettering the tenth place in the 2021 World Cup continues to be alive in Egypt and now, eyes are on the subsequent two matches of the day, however particularly in Sunday’s match in opposition to Sweden, on this “final for Portugal in the primary spherical” it must be remembered that the first two courses of the group attain the quarterfinals.
This Friday will likely be the second spherical, which additionally consists of Brazil-Hungary (17h00) and Sweden-Iceland (19h30).
Games at the Scandinavium Arena, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Cape Green: Luis Almeida, Edmilson Gonsalves; Delcio Pina (6), Ivo Santos (1), Emilson Araujo (1), Leandro Semedo (3), Flavio Fortes (3), Bruno Landim (2), Paulo Moreno, Rafael Andrade (2), Emilson Furtado, Gilson Correa (2). , Felisberto Landim (2), Eledi Semedo, Gualther Furtado (2), Nelson Pina (1). Coach, Lyubomir Obradovic.
Portugal: Manuel Gaspar (18), Miguel Espinha (12); Pedro Portella (2), Victor Ituriza (5), Miguel Martins, Rui Silva (3), Lionel Fernandez (3), Alexis Borges, Diogo Branquinho (1), Alexandre Cavalcanti (1), Antonio Aria (9), Kiko Costa (1), Andre Gomes (2), Martim Costa (1), Luis Fred (3), Fabio Magalhas (2). Coach, Paulo Jorge Pereira.
Classification (Group 2, Main Round):
1st: Sweden, 6 factors
2nd: Portugal, 5 (yet one more sport)
third: Iceland, 4
4th: Brazil, 3
fifth: Hungary, 2
sixth: Cape Verde, 0 (yet one more sport)
What is left to play
Second Journey (Today, Friday): Brazil-Hungary (17h00); Sweden-Iceland (19:30).
Third Journey (Sunday): Cape Verde-Hungary (2:30pm); Brazil-Iceland (17h00); Sweden-Portugal (19h30).