Good start for France at the European Handball Championship. In a heated game, the French beat fellow favorites Croatia. Emotions really ran high, especially in the second half of the classic.
Olympic champion France won the first top game of the handball championship in Hungary and Slovakia after a heated 60 minutes. The record world champion around top star Nikola Karabatic started the final round with a hard-fought 27:22 (13:11) against vice-European champion Croatia.
Things got hot, especially after the break. Left winger David Mandic, who is moving to MT Melsungen next season, was even given a blue card after a foul, which, unlike a red card, initiates disciplinary proceedings. The Croatian can therefore be banned for further games. In the second game of group C, Serbia clearly won 31:23 (17:11) against Ukraine in Szeged.
World champion Denmark started the tournament with a sovereign 30:21 (18:10) against Montenegro. In the other game in Group A, Slovenia, semi-finalists from 2020, had just won 27:25 (13:10) against North Macedonia in Debrecen.
Vice World Champion Sweden hardly had any problems in the 30:18 (17:11) against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Also in Group E, defending champions Spain had to tremble for a long time. The European champion of 2018 and 2020 prevailed in Bratislava against the Czech Republic after a long fight with 28:26 (14:11). Co-host Hungary experienced a false start at 28:31 (10:13) against the Netherlands.