The handball players returned to the World Cup after 62 years with a spectacular victory against Argentina.

The handball players returned to the World Cup after 62 years with a spectacular victory against Argentina.

The Dutch handball team got off to an excellent start to the World Cup in Poland and Sweden with a crushing win against Argentina. National coach Staffan Olsson’s team won in Kraków with 29:19.

It was the Netherlands’ first match at the World Cup since 1961.

Goalkeeper Ravensbergen decisive

The Dutch player, who lost to Portugal in the World Cup play-offs but was rewarded with a wild card for the tournament, made a great start to the match. From the first whistle the oranges had good coverage and also scored perfectly. Also, goalkeeper Bart Ravensbergen proved crucial to Holland’s strong start with a few saves.

Ravensbergen stopped a few tough shots and captain Bobby Schagen hit him three times in a row. The Dutch played a comfortable 13-7 hole, but the Argentines struggled to 14-11 at halftime.

Argentina, which has not finished eleventh in any World Cup but has been in the last thirteen times, was further torn apart by the Oranges after the break. It took a while for both teams to score, but things turned upside down for the Netherlands, who finished 19-12.

It turned out to be a fatal blow for the Argentines, who could no longer complicate the work of oranges. Argentina’s fighting spirit continued, but Ravensbergen stopped almost everything and even scored a goal. Kay Smits was Orange’s top scorer with seven goals.

North Macedonia waits on Sunday

The Dutch continue the tournament with their second group match on Sunday. North Macedonia rivals in Kraków. The last group match against Norway is on Tuesday.

The top three countries in the group qualify for the main round. Points earned against teams rising in the group stage are taken into account. The top two countries per main round qualify for the quarterfinals.

Source: NOS

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