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- The Swiss handball team lost the last match of the European Championship qualifiers in Skopje, North Macedonia, with a time of 28:29.
- So she missed being one of the top four teams in the 2022 European Championship finals in Hungary and Slovakia.
Just 6 minutes before the end, favorite Macedonia managed to lead by 3 goals. Switzerland, however, did not give up, in a catch-up deadline.
And indeed: thanks to a misstep from North Macedonia Kirill Lazarov and the subsequent long-range goal by goalkeeper Nikola Portner, the Swiss got close to one goal. But then that was not enough.
Because Switzerland needed at least one point due to the results of the other third of the group, the dream of emerging markets was definitely over. Meanwhile, a draw would have sufficed: for Michael Sauter’s team, that was then 29:30 tightness defeat to Denmark From Wednesday double the time.
Portner shines at first
Against the North Macedonians, the Swiss were already able to strike a balance in the first half. Initially they had scored two to three goals in the lead for a few minutes – mainly due to the outstanding goalkeeper Portner at this point.
He crossed a distance of seven meters from North Macedonia twice. After a perfect counter attack by the opponent, the 27-year-old was also superb on the spot with his foot. In the second half it was equal to the course of the match 16:16.
One of the problems for the Swiss was that director Andy Schmid fell short of his potential. Although the Bundesliga is the best player in the Bundesliga five times with 8 goals, he also has 10 missed throws. Lenny Robin was the best 9-shot Swiss pitcher.
European Group G qualifiers
Fifth round. Skopje: North Macedonia – Switzerland 29:28 (16:16). In Aarhus: Denmark-Finland 46:24 (24:11).
Final standings (6 matches each): 1. Denmark 10. 2. Macedonia 10. 3. Switzerland 4. 4. Finland 0.
SRF info, sportlive, 02.05.21, 5:50 pm; two
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