Gottfridsson commits an offensive foul, allowing the Ribera selection to equalize.
2 minutes for Miguel Sánchez-Migallón (Spain)
Sánchez-Migallón’s save against Persson results in a time penalty.
Goal for Spain, 10:11 by Ian Tarrafeta
Tarrafeta takes over the game in this phase and dares to try again immediately after making mistakes. Here he is rewarded for his courage.
Claar comes up free in front of Corrales after Tarrafeta lost the ball on the inside left. But his touchdown rushes over the Spanish box.
Goal for Sweden, 9:11 by Felix Claar
Goal for Spain, 9:10 by Ian Tarrafeta
Goal for Sweden, 8:10 by Niclas Ekberg
… Ekberg does better than Wannen, overcoming Corrales with a counter-spin.
Bergendahl forces another seven-meter throw…
Goal for Spain, 8:9 by Adrià Figueras
The Tre Kronor are faltering in positional attack, but single actions keep them ahead at the moment.
Goal for Sweden, 7:9 by Jim Gottfridsson
Goal for Spain, 7: 8 by Aleix Gómez
… Gómez doesn’t let the temporary goalkeeper change to Thulin upset him and makes the connection.
2 minutes for Max Darj (Sweden)
Darj has to be on the bench for 120 seconds for a shove against Figueras.
Goal for Sweden, 6:8 by Andreas Palicka
Now Palicka even scores himself! After Cañellas’ misthrow, the Swedish goalkeeper throws a high arc into the opponent’s box.
7-meter discarded by Hampus Wanne (Sweden)
… it’s not Wanne’s day yet! With his second seven-metre throw, the Flensburg player gets stuck on Corrales’ right hand.
Darj pulls out a penalty throw…
2 minutes for Aleix Gómez (Spain)
Gómez’s long jersey pull against Claar is punished with a time penalty.
Palicka also stops Casado’s unchallenged conclusion after Maqueda’s Kempaanspiel.
Goal for Sweden, 6:7 by Max Darj
Palicka clenches his fist! The ex-Mannheimer can parry Maqueda’s free throw at the end of a counterattack with an acrobatic right-footed move.
Goal for Spain, 6: 6 by Adrià Figueras
Spain equalizes! Figueras uses Maqueda’s allusion to the half-right circle.
Goal for Spain, 5: 6 by Ángel Fernández
Fernández scored the third goal from the half-left circle.
Corrales is able to parry Lagergren’s throw from the right backcourt in the far corner.
The game picks up speed and is characterized in this phase by many quick deals.
Goal for Sweden, 4:6 by Valter Chrintz
Goal for Spain, 4:5 by Ángel Fernández
Goal for Sweden, 3:5 by Hampus Wanne
The Flensburg left wing jumps far inwards and completes the half-height short corner.
Sarmiento finds his master in Palicka from the center backcourt.
7-meter discarded by Hampus Wanne (Sweden)
… Wanne’s execution smashes against the right outside post.
Lagergren takes a seven meter fall…
Goal for Spain, 3: 4 by Aleix Gómez
… Gómez beats Palicka with a bounce in the right corner.
Sarmiento forces a penalty throw…
Goal for Sweden, 2:4 by Oscar Bergendahl
Goal for Spain, 2-3 by Ángel Fernández
Now the Ribera team comes to its first goal from the circle.
Yellow card for Jim Gottfridsson (Sweden)
Goal for Sweden, 1-3 by Jonathan Carlsbogård
The Lemgoer fills up on the half-left of the circle and chases the ball from there into the far corner.
Goal for Spain, 1-2 by Agustín Casado
With a bounce from the left backcourt, which hits the short corner, Casado puts the defending champion on the scoreboard.
Goal for Sweden, 0:2 by Oscar Bergendahl
With the threat of a time game, Gottfridsson pushes through to the district of Bergendahl. He doesn’t give Corrales a chance to defend himself from six meters in the middle.
Fernández fails from the left wing at Palicka. He defends with his high left leg.
Goal for Sweden, 0-1 by Jim Gottfridsson
The Flensburg player opened the scoring with a successful shot from nine meters in the middle.
At the end of a long first attack, Casado climbs up in the left backcourt and throws past the far corner.
Spain vs Sweden – the race for the European crown is on!
The national anthems sound.
A few moments ago, the entrance ceremony began.
With Robert Schulze and Tobias Tönnies, the EHF assigned a team from Germany to referee the final. Supervisor is the Russian Victor Poladenko. Balázs Soós from Hungary will act as observer.
Coach Glenn Solberg’s team also made a false start in the semifinals against Olympic champions France, but led by playmaker Jim Gottfridsson and supported by the many saves by goalkeeper Andreas Palicka, they turned onto the winning road much earlier this time. She would have lost a two-goal lead by a hair’s breadth in the last 50 seconds, but goalkeeper Palicka parried a free throw from close range with the final siren.
Sweden’s selection, which lost 28:32 to today’s opponent in the first phase of the competition and was almost eliminated in its third tournament match against the Czech Republic (27:27), was able to improve significantly in the main round and reached its preliminary high point with a dramatic 24:23 against neighboring Norway on the plate. After a temporary six-goal deficit (30th), the Tre Kronor only pulled the result to their side with a 5-0 run in the last five minutes.
After the preliminary round without losing points, the Iberians had only lost in the main round against Team Norway (23:27) and had gone into the preliminary round comparison with world champion Denmark as outsiders due to several not consistently convincing performances. Against the Scandinavians, however, they once again used all their experience to remain calm after an early deficit and to keep a cool head in the decisive phase. At 29:25, goalkeeper Pérez de Vargas and outfield players Gómez and Cañellas stood out.
The Spanish handball players have confirmed their status as EM specialists in this edition as well. While they clinched bronze medals at both the World Cup in Egypt and the Olympic Games last year as a result of defending their title in Stockholm 2020, they have made it past the semi-finals again at this continental tournament.
On the 18th day of the tournament in Hungary and Slovakia, only the two potential winners are still in action, after the selection of Norway with a 34:33 win against the Icelanders and the Danish team with a 35:32 victory against France each won bronze after extra time. Who will triumph in the 65th match of this continental tournament and take the European crown?
A warm welcome to the final of the 15th European Handball Championship for men! In Budapest, double-holders Spain and 20-year-waiting major-tournament winners Sweden will battle it out for the continental crown. The throw-off in the MVM Dome is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.