Euro Cup: double experience and Hungarian success against the European champion
The Hungarian national team, one of the hosts of the EHF EURO 2022, defeated the reigning champion Spain 32-29 in the first round of the Euro Cup, in the Veszprém Arena. Visitors to the match could try our Watch Games. See More. handball themed experience park.
The Euro Cup series announced for the qualified participants of the EHF EURO 2022 started with the game of Hungary and Spain which was organized in front of spectators, 1500 were present in the Veszprém Arena.
Hungary – with nine rookies within its roaster and absence of the head coach, István Gulyás who was in quarantine on these days – was able to beat the EHF EURO 2020 winner Spain after 12 years. Anyway Spaniards came with a strong team despite their missing players.
The Hungarian team led all the way, the coach of the Spanish team asked for a time out at 11-8, but the picture of the game did not change after that, in fact, the Hungarians had a 17-10 advantage.
The young host team also showed stability in the second half, showcasing witty offensive game, while in the goal Roland Mikler excelled. The final was 32-29 and it was a very encouraging performance for the EHF EURO 2022 host.
„It’s a huge pride for us, but what we’ve seen has been really impressive as we’ve seen the work done in recent days back on the field. We asked the players to play without pressure” said László Nagy, who led the team together with Chema Rodriguez in the absence of the head coach.
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Men’s EHF EURO CUP Round 1:
HUNGARY-SPAIN 32-29 (17-13)
Veszprém Aréna, referees: Cindric, Gonzurek (CRO)
Hungary: Mikler – Tóth Á. 2, Máthé 5 (1), Ligetvári, jfj. Rosta. M. 7, Bodó, Bóka 4. Subs: Hanusz 4, Szita 4, Ilic, Szűcs 3, Kovacsics Vajda 1, Bujdosó 2. Coach: Chema Rodríguez
Spain: Pérez de Vargas - A. Gómez 1, Maqueda 4, Tarrafeta 2, Marchan 6, J. Canellas 1, J. Fernández 3. Subs.: S. Hernández (goalkeeper), Morros de Argila, A. Figueras 2, Entrerrios 3, Serradilla 1, Odriozola 4 (1), Izquierdo 2. Head coach: Jordi Ribera
Chema Rodriguez, coach of Hungary: „We played a very complete match. The guys put their hearts, their souls on the field, there was voilition in them. For sixty minutes we dominated the match, that was the most important. Congratulations to everyone, we will move on.”
Jordi Ribera, head coach of Spain: „Congratulations to the Hungarians, they played very well! In the first ten minutes we defended very badly, we missed the fouls, we let the home team shoot free. We were better in the second half, but our youngsters performed well in vain, the opponent was able to renew, so they won deservedly.”