Denmark wins against Belgium, Croatia loses

Wchampions Denmark went into the with an unchallenged victory Handball World Cup started in Poland and Sweden. At the start of Group H, the Scandinavians won 43:28 (22:15) against outsiders Belgium. Meanwhile, Croatia clearly lost against African champions Egypt by 22:31 (12:16).

Denmark, world champion in 2019 and 2021 and top favorite this year as well, didn’t let anything burn in Malmö from the start. Superstar Mikkel Hansen was the most successful thrower with ten goals in eleven attempts – Pierre Brixhe scored five times for the overwhelmed Belgians.

For the handball nation Croatia the World Cup tournament began with a bitter disappointment. The team around the former world handball player Domagoj Duvnjak from THW Kiel was surprisingly clearly beaten by strong Egyptians. Two-time World Cup runners-up Norway around Kiel star Sander Sagosen achieved an unchallenged 39:27 (18:11) win against North Macedonia.

In the duel between the German preliminary round opponents, Serbia beat Algeria 36:27 (16:13). After a balanced first half, the favored Serbs turned up the heat in the second half and clinched a sovereign victory.

The DHB selection, which won their opening game against Qatar hours earlier 31:27meets Serbia in the key game on Sunday (6 p.m., im FAZ live ticker for the Handball World Cup and on ARD) and on Tuesday on Outsider Algeria (6:00 p.m., im FAZ live ticker for the Handball World Cup and on ZDF).

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