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Handball: The Blues dominate the Netherlands in two rounds

Next Wednesday, the French team will try to win a new world title, six years after their last coronation. It will take place in Poland and Sweden, and the final, hopefully for Nikola Karabatic and his teammates, will take place on January 29th. In the meantime, they are playing at the Tournois de France with two matches on the program. Before playing Egypt in Saturday’s final in Orléans, Guillaume Gilles’ men took on the Netherlands at Le Mans on Wednesday.

A year ago, the Blues easily dealt with the Batavians (34-24) during the controversial Euro in Hungary, the first match between the two countries since … 1994. who are in the Norway group in Poland, do not intend to walk again. Bart Ravensbergen, their goalkeeper, gladly deflects French attempts while his attackers hit the target in a counterattack (8-8, 15′). Nothing has been decided at halftime (19-18).

After returning from the dressing room, France took advantage of the numerical superiority to take a break. Once on the scoreboard, she takes off thanks to Dylan Nahy. Remy Desbonnet, who replaced Vincent Gerard, holds the gap in his cages (29-24, 42nd). Five minutes before the Barcelona siren, Dick Mem gave the Blues a ten-goal lead (39–29).

The coach of Olympic champions must notify the international federation the day before the opening match of a list of eighteen names from which he may choose sixteen players before each match. It is already known for sure that it will be without Killian Willemino. A blow to the right knee, the young Montpellier defender, who had a great start to the season with his club, was forced to pull out earlier in the week.

Shortly before the meeting, the Dutch federation announced that one of its players (Jørn Smits) as well as three members of management (including (the assistant coach of) the national team) had tested positive for Covid-19. All of them were placed in solitary confinement. .

Source: Le Parisien

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