Portugal qualified today for the U19 Handball World Cup semi-finals, defeating champions France 31-26 and deciding with Egypt on Saturday to attend the final of the tournament in Skopje.
The Portuguese side, who arrived at the World Cup as a substitute for the absent Oceania representative, due to their 12th place in the U18s, were leading the whole match and reached the break to win 14-10 before to confirm his seventh victory in so many games.
After being eliminated at the last World Cup by France, precisely in the quarterfinals (34-24), Portugal ‘collected’ the debt today and removed the two title champions, who lifted the trophy in 2017, 2015 and 2005.
With Alexandre Magalhães well on target and Martim Costa and André Sousa, respectively with 11 and 9 goals, in realization, the team led by Carlos Martingo was always superior in the various actions of the game.
Portugal managed to overcome the 5 + 1 defense of the French team, which put pressure on the ball carrier, and with the effectiveness of their outside scorers, as well as in one-on-one duels, it was building an advantage that they managed throughout the match.
At the beginning of the second half, the Portuguese team played a few holes below what they did in the first half, even though France had an opportunity to reduce to a goal difference, but Carlos Martingo’s finger made use of seven players. of field.
With Alexandre Magalhães featured in the Portuguese goal and the shooters showing effectiveness in the shot, the Portuguese team kept France at an average distance of four goals and extended that advantage to seven to 29-22, with four minutes to play.
Saturday, Portugal faces Egypt in the semi-finals, who beat Iceland (35-31) against Germany, who eliminated Hungary (26-16). In the other semi-final, Denmark, who won the World Cup in 2013, 2011 and 2007, beat Spain by 23-19.