Defending champions Spain celebrate narrow opening win

Defending champions Spain started the Handball European Championships in Hungary and Slovakia with a difficult victory.

The European champion of 2018 and 2020 prevailed against the Czech Republic in Bratislava after a long fight with 28:26 (14:11), until three minutes before the end the encounter was still completely open.

Slovenia, semi-finalists of 2020, won in Group A in Debrecen against North Macedonia by a similar margin with 27:25 (13:10).

In group C, Serbia clearly won against Ukraine with 31:23 (17:11), in group F Russia kept the upper hand against Lithuania with 29:27 (14:9).


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