Fourth day of the European Championship was plenty of action, famous guests and fun. Teams who are in the quarter-final are Croatia, Norway, Ukraine, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary and Denmark in the men’s event. Teams Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Denmark, France, Spain, Norway and Russia in the women’s event will play the quarter-final matches tomorrow.
Today, France celebrated the Olympic Day in their country. After the women’s team reached the quarter-finals on their first Beach Handball EURO ever, head coach Valerie Nicolas couldn’t hide her happiness: „I am very happy and this is amazing, we didn’t expect this. They were making party in France. We are here to learn, step by step, but my girls learn quickly“.
In a very attractive match between Russia and Croatia, host team was better (15:21, 16:27). Lots of goals were scored by using pirouette and one of the best players was Valentino Valentaković who said: „We were completely in the game, our game was fast and dynamic, the defense was hard, realization in the offense was really good and we did our arrangement“. Russian player Nikolay Prokhorov stated that his team didn’t play good: “We were bad in this match, but we need to play the remaining two games, I don’t have special expectations. Hopefully, maybe we can meet Croatia once again at this EURO“.
In the men’s event, match between Hungary and Croatia was very interesting and the winner of the first set was decided with golden goal (20:21, 24:30). Croatian players Ivan Dumenčić and Zvonimir Đikić were highly satisfied: ”We are really happy with playing good games at the EURO. We beat Hungary, so there is no more team who is undefeated”.
Quarter-final match will be played tomorrow at 10 am in the women’s event, while the men’s teams will start at 11 am. Semi-final matches are scheduled for tomorrow, 24th of June, at 4 pm and 5 pm in the women’s event. In the men’s event, teams will play semi-final matches at 6 pm and 7 pm.