Hispanic will fight for medal handball world cup 2023After defeating Norway in a heart-stopping quarterfinal match that required two overtimes to determine the winner (34–36).
By the time 80 minutes had passed and through VAR, it was not known which team would advance in the tournament. The attacking action of Alex Duzhbaev and the intervention of Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas in crucial moments They were again decisive.
Norway Plugged Out in Duel
The Hispanics jumped onto the track in Gdansk, knowing that the duel meant a passport to the semifinals, to a medal. However, the start was not as desired and Norway plugged out in the first minutes. Counter-attacking and counter-goal action sealed the clash 7–3 for the Scandinavians.
Spain had a hard time carbureting, the most obvious example being that they took four minutes to score their first goal and another five minutes to score again. The flag of withdrawal had to be raised by Alex Duzhshebaev to justify the choices for Jordi Ribera’s men. He participated in the first three goals and, supported by a good defence, led a 0–4 run that leveled the contest in the first half (7–7).
Spain managed to get ahead on the scoreboard (9-10) in the 21st minute, but The duel went to rest with at least the Norwegian command (13-12).
Dani Dujshebaev forces the first overtime in the final seconds
For the second half, the Hispanics were forced to continue adjusting their defense, to continue to rely on the effectiveness of Angel Fernández, who scored 4 goals in four attempts during the first 30 minutes, and Sander Sagosen. to force a third suspension.
The absolute leader of Norwegians in recent years is not so much now. He takes responsibility whenever it is required, but the scoring contribution is very evenly distributed. Therefore, the Nordic team maintained its good rhythm in the first minute of the restart (18-17 min. 40).
At that crucial moment of the conflict, Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas appeared with two consecutive interventions, which allowed Spain to take the lead (19–20). In the second round, Bergerud didn’t hold back collecting one save after another.
Before facing the final five minutes the score said it all: 24-24. When the smallest details were decided, Spain did not have the necessary luck to tie the game by seven metres. all he had was faith,
On the last possession to force overtime, in hindsight, the ball ended up in Alex Dzhushbaev’s hands as usual, but his shot was saved by Bergerud. Norway preferred to consume the last attack without launching and the referee signaled passive, then Dani, the youngest of the Duzhbeevs, appeared to tie the knot at 59’59” (25-25).
second time was the charm
The emotional blow did not weigh on the Norwegians in extra time and the parity remained the maximum: 27–27 at the break of extra time and 29–29 at the end of 70 minutes. for another extension,
Everything has to be resolved in the last minute of the second expansion. Dani Duzhbaev made it 34–35 and on the last play Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas blocked Björnsen’s shot to move on to the semifinals, he was First failure from a winger who scored 9 goals from 9 shots, Lived unbelievable.