U-21 handball team in World Cup semi-finals

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 27-07-2019 15:00:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal's national under-21 handball team has reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup for the second time in 24 years by beating Slovenia in the quarter-finals, 26-25, in Pontevedra, Spain.

The team made history in the quarter-finals by surprising the powerful German team, World Cup winners in 2009 and 2011, Nuno Santos's players were down 13-14 at half time, but in the second half they overcame an opponent who had already finished third in the competition, in 2003 and 2009.

Gonçalo Vieira, with seven goals, and Jenilson Monteiro and Diogo Silva, both with five, played an important role in the victory, which now pits Portugal against Croatia in one semi, with Egypt and France in the other.

Portugal were semi-finalists in 1995, the year they came third, beating Norway 24-23 for the bronze medal, while Croatia has never finished on the podium, coming fourth in 2007 and 2013.


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