Euro handball: the Blues outclass Montenegro and can believe in the semi-finals

The French handball team signed a great victory against Montenegro (36-27) this Monday in Budapest, during the Euro. A success coupled with the defeat of Iceland which offers good chances of qualification for the Blues before the last match of the main round against Denmark.

French handball players, Olympic champions in Tokyo and attractive winners of Montenegro (36-27) in Budapest on Monday evening, can still dream of the last four of the Euro 2022 with a decisive duel against Denmark on Wednesday for a reunion six months after the final of the Olympic Games. A draw or a victory, whatever the score, against the Danish Olympic vice-champions and first qualifiers on Monday after their victory against the Netherlands (27-23), would allow the Blues to join the last four despite the big hitch against Iceland.

“Mentally, this victory is a lot of good. The points were also super important. The difference between the game against Iceland and the game tonight is that we put more races to put our backs in a good situation, savored the back Dika Mem at the microphone of beIN Sports. beginning of the competition and that we did not do against Iceland. It was difficult, because we have a good competition and we lose a match where we shoot ourselves in the foot all by ourselves. But from the moment there is a possibility, we have the confidence to go get it.”

Excellent feedback from Fabre gas and Konan

And it will logically be with the duo Ludovic Fabregas-Karl Konan in defence, which they had obviously missed so much two days ago. Both were absent: flu-like symptoms for the first and a positive test for Covid-19 during the Icelandic rout (29-21) Saturday.

But the tricolor defensive pair shone for their return. Like Karl Konan, who was in solitary confinement for six days, but who was disgusted many times by the Montenegrin attack. A perfect match for the defender of Aix in the heart of a meeting which was not always perfect in the first period for the Blues.

“It’s a lion who was in cage for seven days, welcomed Karl Konan after this great victory. I had become wild limit. I had only one desire, it was to return to the field and smash the opponents with the whole team. ”

Pardin shone after Vincent Gérard’s red

For almost seven minutes in the second quarter of he hour of play, the Blues were silent, falling on the impressive Montenegrin goalkeeper Nebojsa Simic (9 saves in the first period), and multiplying frustrating loss of balls.

The red card by Vincent Gérard at the 17th minute at 11-9 for France, could even have changed the game. Fortunately, his absence brought to light Wesley Pardin, quickly decisive, like a spectacular one-on-one save at the 20e minute, while the Montenegrins had a ball to return to -11. The tricolor goalkeeper responded to Simic’s excellent game, with 11 saves.