What an interesting and nerve-racking game in Varaždin. After 60 minutes Hungary took its first two points at M18 EHF EURO.
Spain had a good start. After the first few minutes, they gained the two-point lead. But it was 7th minute when Hungary caught up (2:2) and managed to preserve the lead. Thanks to goalkeeper Kristóf Győri (three brilliant saves) and fast breaks of Bence Bálint and Alex Bognar, Hungarians made 3 – 0 series and now they had the four-point advantage (10:6). Spain did keep up with them. They scored two goals in a row but it still wasn’t enough to take the lead or even for a tie. After the first 30 minutes, it was 12:10 for Hungary.
At the beginning of the second halftime, Hungary made incredible 5 – 1 series and 15 minutes before the last whistle Hungary was far far away (17:12). Thanks to the amazing duo, Hungarian goalkeeper Kristóf Győri with 16 saves, and left back Bence Bálint and his 8 scores, Hungarians were at the right path to their first victory at M18 EHF EURO.
Hungary kept its advantage until the very end, while Spain was trying all possible defenses systems to stop the Hungarian attack. At the end, Hungary won and the final result was 22:19.
The top Hungary scorer was Bence Bálint with 8 goals while Eduardo Calle Redondo scored 5 for Spain.
Best player from Hungary national team was Kristóf Győri and from Spanish national team that was Eduardo Calle Redondo.
‘This is EURO, all teams are strong. We did the maximum as we can do. This is the first match, we need to continue growing and playing like we know’, said Palomino Moron Juan from Spain.
‘Hungarywere the better team this afternoon. We think that we don’t have the obligation to be favorites because this generation still hasn’t got success. Hungary played better and deserved their win’, added Suarez Menendez Alberto.
‘In my opinion, I had very good saves and we could easily score after counterattacks. Key for success was in our hearts, we wanted to win more than our opponents’, sad Hungarian hero Győri Kristóf.
‘Spanish team is very good from the technical and tactical approach. We have outplayed them with many fouls (39) and we slowed their game a lot. There is a lot of potential in our group, and we will do our best in the upcoming games’, said Hungarian coach Gyurka Janos.
Group C, Round 1:
Hungary – Spain 22:19