As anticipated, Olympic champions France are in the main round. After a gap win towards hosts Poland, Guillaume Gill’s workforce celebrated a 41:23 (24:14) victory towards Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
He led the French with eight objectives: Yannis Layne.
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The distribution of roles between reigning Olympic champions France and overseas handball Saudi Arabia was clearly divided earlier than kick-off – and the image introduced on the discipline was correspondingly clear. “Equipe Tricolore” took the lead early on; Nedim Remili made it 4:1 in the fifth minute of the recreation.
The lead might have been even greater, however Guillaume Gill’s males squandered their possibilities simply as simply as France received the ball. Remilly and Nicolas Tournat failed lower than two minutes from the greatest positions at Amro Mohamed; Moreover, a cross clearly ended in favor.
Of course, this didn’t change the route of the recreation. Ludovic Fabregas nets to make it 7:3 (ninth), Valentin Porte makes it 11:6 (14th). Shortly earlier than, Saudi Arabia suffered a private weak spot as a consequence of the disqualification of Marhoun Alma, who sadly caught the oncoming Porte in the head space and was instantly despatched a pink card.
Saudi Arabia rises once more
Given the lead, Gilley substituted early, bringing on Yannis Lane, Melvin Richardson, Dylan Nahy and Thibaud Brett in succession. This resulted in a brief break: Saudi Arabia received the ball 3 times to chop the result in 12:10 (seventeenth).
The Frenchman, who’s bodily and individually superior in phrases of high quality, didn’t allow them to hassle him for lengthy and together with Nikola Karabatic, who had additionally been substituted in the meantime, created a ten-goal cushion by the break. Tournat tied the rating at 24:14 simply earlier than the siren. Curious: While Karabatic quickly lined the exterior, left winger Mathieu Grebill held the center block.
Although Saudi Arabia didn’t surrender and was capable of present good strikes again and again, the choice was made at the begin of the second interval. Guille took Vincent Gerrard out of the gate and introduced in Rémy Desbonnet, he additionally distributed energy down the discipline and rested a number of of his common gamers. Over 30:17 (forty third) France pulled to 37:20 (fifty fifth) and ultimately received in top with 41:23.
France at the moment are in the main round – in the meantime, the Arabs should now hope for a Slovenia win towards Poland to have at the least a theoretical likelihood of progressing to the “last” towards the hosts on Monday.
FRANCE – SAUDI ARABIA 41:23 (24:14)
France: Bolzinger, Desbonnet, Gerard-Y-Lane 8, Mahé 6/3, Tournet 6, Fabregas 4, Breit 3, Prandi 3, Grebille 2, Porte 2, Remilly 2, Richardson 2/1, N. Karabatic 1, Lagarde 1, NO 1
Saudi Arab: Al-Safar, Muhammad – A. Al-Abbas 5/4, Hon. Al-Salem 5, M. Al-Abbas 4, Al-Abdulali 2, Al-Janabi 2, Al-Mohsin 2, Al-Hasan 1, Al-Muwallad 1, Al-Taweel 1, Al-Hammad, Al-Hulaili, Al-Ma, Al-Turaqi, Quraysh Referee: Bon-Ok Koo (South Korea)/Seok Lee (South Korea)
the viewers: 6200
Penalty Minutes: 2/8
Disqualification: – / Al-Ma’am (eleventh)