Luxembourg Maintain Essential win, while Cyprus and Georgia Struggle for 1st place
After two controlling wins on their homecourt, Luxembourg are place to move into the next period of the qualifiers to that EHF EURO 20-22, as a win against britain would see them through.
But, Group B is a whole lot more complicated, with Cyprus and Georgia both boasting two wins after the initial two matches.
Their mutual encounter is going to be played tomorrow in Malta, as the winner will move into the following phase. The draw will benefit Georgia, who’ve the far greater goal difference.
Time for their very first EHF EURO Qualifiers since 2013, britain had little chance against Luxembourg in their very first game, but came back roaring against Ireland, leading from begin to finish to cap off a thorough performance.
With their attention on growing young players,” britain demonstrated remarkable maturity to earn an impressive 32:26 win.
A wonderful start was immediately cancelled through an Irish resurgence, but the British side were better and jumped to a 10:7 lead after 15 minutes.
With 22-year old Josh Da Silva in brilliant form, scoring seven goals, the British team was able to maintain their lead at the rest, 15:12, but found themselves in trouble early in the 2nd half. An exceptional come back against the Irish side, backed by a nine-goal operation for Steffen Meyer, tied the game at 20:20.
But it was the side who kept his cool and were able to win. Even a 6:1 run spurred by Brian Negrete Lindsay has been enough to help the Britons earn their first win in the tournament, 32:26.
As both teams recorded wins on Friday, either side knew they’d be virtually right to the second round after only two games if they won Saturday’s conflict.
However, the hosts made it look easy, and Bulgaria never stood a opportunity.
Bulgaria took the lead at the first 4 moments, 2:1, but a 6:0 run for Luxembourg was enough to place the 2 teams apart. Every Bulgarian opportunity to turn the game on its mind was easily repelled by the hosts, that shot a controlling 15:8 lead at the rest.
The gap has been removed in the next half, with the nervous hosts pounding, as the lead climbed to 25:12 after 40 seconds.
Eventually, Luxembourg obtained by way of a 19-goal perimeter, 36:17, that virtually sees them right to the next period of the competition.
Luxembourg will only lose the very first place should they concede the game against the side and also Bulgaria lose against Ireland, or should they lose against Great Britain by at least 12 aims and Bulgaria win their last game.
Azerbaijan vs Georgia 25:30 (15:16)
Even a 27-goal win against Malta watched Georgia because the favourites to win the group, yet their next game against Azerbaijan revealed that Djordje Rasic’s team still has plenty to focus on before their battle against Cyprus on Sunday.
With their thoughts surely turned into their next match, the Georgian side had to sweat more than expected to claim the two points against a motivated Azeri side.
The Azeris headed for the first time after 1-2 minutes, 5:4, but Georgia fast turned the game around, only to see themselves coming out again, 10:9.
There were four lead changes until the rest, but the favorites had the upper hand after 30minutes.
But only as in the preceding game against Cyprus, the Azeri faltered in the 2nd halfof the As they desperately tried to preserve the Georgian side , they can only tie the game after 3 6 minutes, 19:19, but everything went downhill after that.
The Azeri side could not deal physically with their competitors.
They’ll surely want more in the game against Cyprus tomorrowas both teams have been levelled using four points at the top of the group.
Malta vs Cyprus 20:38 (7:17)
Cyprus had no problem disposing of Malta. The hosts led limited to the very first minute, after scoring the first goal.
But, it became a matter of the number of aims the Cypriot side would score, as they strove to fit the Georgian win against Friday, when Malta was thoroughly beaten, 48:21.
With only a 10-goal gap at the rest, 17:7, it was evident that Cyprus wanted the exact same at the next half.
Despite a strong defence, they can simply afford a 38:20 win. That result means Cyprus must win their last game against Georgia on Sunday to claim the very first place in the group. OtherWISe, the Georgian side will win, as the draw will give them a much greater goal difference (+32) than Cyprus (+26).
TEXT: Adrian Costeiu/jh