A battling second half performance was not enough for Hungary to keep up with a confident Norway team in their Men’s Handball World Championship 2017 quarter-final clash on Tuesday afternoon.
Norway never looked under any real threat from a tired looking Hungarian side which couldn’t break their 20-year quarter-final spell. The 31-28 final score is a result Hungarian fans should be rather happy with after a woeful first half performance that crushed their team’s semi final hopes. The result is Norway’s second major semi-final in 12 months and their first ever IHF Men’s Handball World Championship Semi-final.
Hungary’s key player Gábor Császár said after the game: “We played really slowly. This time I didn’t feel the kind of attitude and fighting spirit in the team that we had two days ago against Denmark. Of course, you can’t play every second day like that, to win against the Olympic champions but there was a huge difference between these two matches and that disappoints me a lot.”
Men’s Handball World Championship 2017, France, quarter finals
NORWAY-HUNGARY 31–28 (17–10)
Albertville, attendeance: 6500, ref.: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
NORWAY: Bergerud – Björnsen 4, Tönnesen 5, Sagosen 5 (1), Myrhol 4, Hansen 6, Jondal 3. Subs: Christensen (Gk), O’Sullivan 1, Hykkerud 1, Gullerud, Johannessen 1, Tangen 1. Head coach: Christian Berge
HUNGARY: Mikler – Harsányi 3, Zubai, Nagy L. 1, Ligetvári, Szöllősi, Lékai 1. Subs: Fazekas (Gk), Balogh, Dzsamali, Juhász 1, Császár 11 (6), Bodó 5, Ancsin, Bánhidi 6, Schuch. Head coach: Xavier Sabaté
Sent of: 14 and 6 minutes
Penalties: 1/1 and 6/6
via francehandball2017.com and nso.hu; photo: Philippe Desmazes – AFP