Handball: Blues qualify for Euro 2022

A good thing done: With a 27-19 win over Croatia in Toulouse on Sunday, their fourth in four qualifying matches, the French handball player, Olympic champion and vice-world champion logically validated their Euro 2022 tickets.

Pushed by the Croatian in Koprivnica (21-19) on Thursday, the Blues made a better copy this time around to ensure they didn’t drag down one of the top two spots in the group two days after the distance ended.

Second only to Norway in Euro 2020, they will take part in the next continental conference in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia from 4 to 20 November.

Olivier Krumbholz’s men were in the same first half as they were against the same opponent three days earlier, with a 10-minute gap in attack.

Fortunately, goalkeeper Laura Glauser was as effective in her defence as her Croatian counterparts, keeping France afloat to return to the dressing room with a 4-goal lead (13-9).

Dressed by the raucous Toulouse public and hundreds of young men dressed in blue, white and red, the Olympic champions made their status even more revered in the second act.

French center Grace Zaadi attempts a shot during the Euro 2020 semi-final in Herning (Denmark) on December 18, 2020 (AFP/FILE - Jonathan NACKSTRAND)
French center Grace Zaadi attempts a shot during the Euro 2020 semi-final in Herning (Denmark) on December 18, 2020 (AFP/FILE – Jonathan NACKSTRAND)

The attacking gear was finally getting oiled and they widened the gap after Océane Sercien Ugolin, Estelle Nze Minko, Onacia Ondono and Grace Zaadi (4 goals each).

It’s a good international episode for the latter, as she plays in the Russian city of Rostov on the border with Ukraine and her club’s future is uncertain.

French women's handball team Olivier Krumbholz takes on Denmark in the semi-final of the World Championships in Granollers (Spain) on December 17, 2021 (AFP/Archives - Josep LAGO)
French women’s handball team Olivier Krumbholz takes on Denmark in the semi-final of the World Championships in Granollers (Spain) on December 17, 2021 (AFP/Archives – Josep LAGO)

“Our game was much better than it was on Thursday,” coach Olivier Krumholz said. “I thought it was a good game. France were serious for 60 minutes, which allowed them to score quite wide at the end”.

“We have to keep working, everyone finds their place and takes their responsibilities. We are nowhere near the max, but it’s normal, we’ve completed one cycle and we’re starting another,” he said. road.

Largely leading the group thanks to their flawless performance, the French have two qualifying matches to play, starting with a trip to the Czech Republic on April 20.

The second is scheduled for April 23 in Le Havre against Ukraine, which may not take place due to the ongoing war in the country.

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