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Women’s Eurohandball: Blues can secure halftime spot faster than expected against Germany

Almost nothing is missing. And it’s all. The French Olympic handball champions need a draw against Germany on Tuesday 15 November (20:30, live on BeINsport) in Skopje to secure a place in the Euro 2022 semi-finals to be held in Ljubljana. “We must defeat Germany. We need to score this last point, and we will do everything to make it happen on Tuesday,” left-back Orlan Kanor shows. Still undefeated after 4 games, Les Bleues can confirm their place in the last four, for the fourth time in a row, even before their final main round game against Spain on Wednesday (20:30). And already switch to the semi-final on Friday before the eventual final on Sunday.

“If we win, we will definitely be the first,” even coach Olivier Krambholtz adds. If they manage to do this, it will be with the guarantee that if Norway also takes first place in their group, which is off to a good start, then they will not reach the semi-finals of the European and World Champions, falling to Les Bleues every time. in the final.

The last victims of the Estelle Nze Minko gang, the Montenegrins recovered with a score of 27-19 after a “particularly successful match”, reports the technician. They are joined by the Romanians (35–21) and the North Macedonians (24–14), who were the first to take the blow from the French. Only the Dutch participated (26-24). “We have a level that we have never had at this time of competition,” right-back Laura Flippes enjoys. In general, we always start a little difficult, it’s true. This year we are operational earlier. Off Germany, they find a well-known adversary that they will face for the third time in just over a month.

“They put us at a standstill during the two matches played against them (preparation – approx. ed.), The coach admits. Nevertheless, we won them (34-31 and 30-29). This must not be forgotten. “If successful, the face-to-face meeting with Spain, set in just twenty-four hours, will no longer have any stake for the European (2020) and World (2021) vice-champions French. “It’s a luxury we have to afford to be able to play Wednesday without being pressured to put Laura Flippes down. It would be a super positive moment for the rest of the contest. »

Source: Le Parisien

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