Handball World Cup | “The Witcher” Simic overwhelmed: Spain in first place

Co-favourites Spain began the Handball World Championships 2023 with a win towards Montenegro – and went on high of the desk with 30:25 (15:12).

Lost regardless of high particular person efficiency: Nebojsa Simic of Montenegro
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At the beginning of Group A of the 2023 Handball World Championships, Iran pulled off an surprising win towards Chile, and Montenegro additionally had some hopes towards Spain. The two European groups are thought-about clear contenders for one of many high three spots in the group and thus entry into the principle spherical.

Montenegro superior early, the protection of the surface man was good and behind them Nebojsa Simic confirmed his class. Angel Fernandez equalized by Radojica Sepic’s first purpose, however then Nemanja Grobovic and Milos Vujovic put them two targets forward.

Miloš Bojović responded with the Spaniards’ subsequent purpose, however he discovered his manner into the sport after 5 minutes: after Imanol Garcianda’s purpose, Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas put the ball into the opponent’s orphaned purpose and Alex Duzshebaev scored once more. Made it 5:4. First management.

montenegro unaffected

However, Montenegro was undeterred and regained the lead with a double strike. But additional penalties and, amongst different issues, a missed seven-metre throw doomed the underdog. Spain turned 6:7 into 10:7 with a collection of 4 and appeared to have taken management. Montenegro tried to battle again, however was all the time too aggressive in doubles and conceded extra suspensions.

Spain solely made restricted use of it, with the favorites enjoying a generic opening sport and never seeming to be as much as the duty. At 13:9, the favorites scored 4 targets – however Valero Rivera’s crew couldn’t maintain again. The Spanish coach made lots of adjustments in the first half, with no Spanish participant scoring greater than three targets on the 15:12 break. And Montenegro hoped for a shock to avoid wasting Neboja Simic from going into the dressing room.

After the restart, Branko Vujovic decreased the hole to 2 targets at 14:13 and 16:14, however Montenegro was initially unable to attain the psychologically vital purpose. But then Nebojsa Simic took care of it, the goalkeeper first proudly owning an personal purpose in the Spaniards’ purpose, who have been outnumbered, after which created an opportunity to equalize with a save. The first went unused, however Simic was there once more and thwarted one other free Spaniard alternative. And this time it was Vuk Lajovic.

Opponents’ errors assist Spain

The Spaniards’ lead was shrunk to a purpose at 18:17, however the favorites once more benefited from an offside mistake: after his purpose, Vuk Lajovic collided with a Spanish participant who was about to throw the ball whereas operating again – and Received a time penalty. Spain took benefit of their superiority, scoring three targets in a row, and with fifteen minutes remaining, Dani Duzshebaev took a four-goal lead at 21:17.

Montenegro halved the hole with a brace, saved by Nebojsa Simic – and one other purpose from the goalkeeper – giving hope to the supporters of the Outsiders. But though Spain missed the early resolution, they’d the suitable solutions prepared on the essential second.

At 23:19 Spain once more scored 4 targets and after 25:23 nonetheless had the reply at 27:23. Montenegro referred to as a time-out, however after a Simic save, Spain took possession and time ticked down for the Iberians. In the tip it was 30:25 for the favorite, who took the lead in Group A.

Spain – Montenegro 30:25 (15:12)

Spain: Pérez de Vargas 1, Corrales – Odriozola 6/3, A. Fernandez 5, A. Dujshebaev 4, D. Dujshebaev 4, Figueras 3, Tarafeta Serrano 3, Garciandia alastiza 2, Maqueda Peno 1, Sol Sala 1, Casado, D. Fernandez, G. Guardiola Villaplana, Pecina, Sanchez Miglione Naranjo
Montenegro: N. Simic 2, Matovic – b. Vujovic 7, M. Bojovic 3, Grbovic 3, Lasica 2, Lajovic 2, M. Vujovic 2/2, Andjelic 1, Becic 1, Sepic 1, S. Vujovic 1, Kaludjerovic, Radovic , Sevaljevic, Vujacic Ref: Arthur Brunner (Switzerland)/Morad Salah (Switzerland) Viewers: 1808
Penalty Minutes: 8/12
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