2012 European Men's Handball Championship

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2012 EHF European Men's Handball Championship
Европско првенство у рукомету 2012
2012 European Men's Handball Championship logo.svg
EHF Euro 2012 official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Serbia
Dates 15–29 January 2012
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Denmark (2nd title)
Runner-up  Serbia
Third place  Croatia
Fourth place  Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches 47
Goals scored 2333 (49.64 per match)
Attendance 302,688 (6,440 per match)
Top scorer(s)  Kiril Lazarov (MKD) (61 goals)
Best player  Momir Ilić (SRB)
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Countries that qualified for the championship

The 2012 EHF European Men's Handball Championship was the tenth edition of the men's continental handball tournament, which was held in Serbia between 15–29 January 2012. Sixteen teams qualified for the event, including host nation Serbia, defending champion France and fourteen national teams through the qualifying tournament. The teams were split into four groups of 4, with the top 3 teams of each group advancing to the main round, carrying the points won against other qualified opponents. Going to the main round with no points, Denmark ended up winning the championship after defeating Serbia in the final with a scoreline of 21–19.[1]

The bronze medal was claimed by Croatia, who defeated Spain 31-27 to win their second bronze and fourth European medal overall.[2] In the placement match for the 5th position Macedonia proved to be too strong for Slovenia and won the match by 28–27. Macedonian right back Kiril Lazarov led his team with 8 goals to success and took the top scorers' award with a European Championship record of 61 goals.[3] Over 300,000 spectators were present in 47 matches during the tournament, which was also a new championship record.[1]

By winning the European title, Denmark directly qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, while Serbia and Macedonia secured a spot in the Olympic Qualification Tournament. Thanks to the Danish triumph, Poland also made it to the qualifiers as the eighth ranked team of the 2011 World Championship.[4]

The championship was somewhat overshadowed by incidents that occurred during the final week of the event. On 26–27 January, in violent attacks, cars were damaged or set on fire, and several Croatian supporters were injured. In the semifinal match between Serbia and Croatia, Žarko Šešum, the back player of the Serbian team had his eye severely injured after a bottle intended for Croatian player Ivano Balić and coach Slavko Goluža was thrown at him.[5]

Background[edit]

The EHF decided that Serbia would host the tournament in the cities of Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad and Vršac. Germany and France were the other applicants for the championship.

Qualification[edit]

The 2012 Championship was the second for which the new qualification system was used.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1
 Serbia 00Host 0027 September 2008 10 ( 2010)
 France 00Defending Champion 0031 January 2010 92 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Hungary 00Group 1 winner 0013 March 2011 70 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Croatia 00Group 2 winner 0013 March 2011 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Sweden 00Group 4 winner 008 June 2011 80 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010)
 Denmark 00Group 7 winner 008 June 2011 80 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Russia 00Group 7 runner-up 008 June 2011 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Norway 00Group 6 winner 008 June 2011 40 (2000, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Germany 00Group 5 winner 008 June 2011 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Slovakia 00Group 4 runner-up 009 June 2011 20 (2006, 2008)
 Spain 00Group 2 runner-up 009 June 2011 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Czech Republic 00Group 6 runner-up 0011 June 2011 60 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010)
 Macedonia 00Group 1 runner-up 0012 June 2011 10 (1998)
 Poland 00Group 3 winner 0012 June 2011 50 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Slovenia 00Group 3 runner-up 0012 June 2011 80 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Iceland 00Group 5 runner-up 0012 June 2011 60 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Squads[edit]

Venues[edit]

Venues Map
Preliminary round Knockout stage
Belgrade Novi Sad Vršac Niš Belgrade
Pionir Hall
Capacity: 8,150
SPENS
Capacity: 11,500
Millennium Center
Capacity: 5,000
Čair Sports Center
Capacity: 5,000
Belgrade Arena
Capacity: 20,000
Hala Pionir Beograd.jpg Spens.jpg Vrsac, Centar Milenjum.jpg Sportska hala Čair.JPG Belgrade Arena south-east.jpg

Audience[edit]

Referees[edit]

On 12 September 2011, 12 couples were announced in Vienna.[6]

Broadcasting[edit]

List of broadcasters[edit]

Country Broadcaster
 Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT
 Croatia HRT2
 Czech Republic ČT4
 Denmark TV2
 France Canal+ Sport
Sport+
 Germany Sport1
Das Erste
ZDF
 Hungary MTV
Sport1
 Iceland RÚV
 Macedonia Sitel
Sitel 3
 Norway TV2
 Poland TVP2
TVP Sport
TVP HD
 Portugal Sport TV
 Romania Dolce Sport
TVR2
 Russia Channel One
 Serbia RTS
 Slovakia Dvojka
 Slovenia RTV2
 Spain Teledeporte
 Sweden TV4
Sjuan
 Turkey Sports TV

Seeding[edit]

The draw was held on 15 June 2011 in Belgrade at 12:00 local time.[7][8] The seeding was announced on 13 June 2011.[9]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Group stage[edit]

The match schedule was released and confirmed on 18 April 2011.[10] Four teams were selected to play in the four venue cities, Serbia in Belgrade, Macedonia at Niš, Hungary at Novi Sad and Croatia in Vršac.[11] The playing schedule was announced on 1 July.[12][13]

All times are UTC+1.

     Team advanced to the Main Round

Group A[edit]

Venue: Pionir Hall, Belgrade

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Serbia 3 2 1 0 67 61 +6 5
 Poland 3 2 0 1 86 72 +14 4
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 78 76 +2 2
 Slovakia 3 0 1 2 70 92 −22 1
15 January 2012
18:15
Poland  18–22  Serbia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Bielecki 4 (7–11) Vujin, Nikčević 6
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15 January 2012
20:15
Denmark  30–25  Slovakia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Lindberg 7 (15–12) Valo 6
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17 January 2012
18:15
Slovakia  24–41  Poland
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Kukučka 5 (13–17) Tkaczyk 8
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17 January 2012
20:15
Serbia  24–22  Denmark
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Ilić 8 (10–12) Christiansen, Hansen 4
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19 January 2012
18:15
Poland  27–26  Denmark
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Tkaczyk 7 (10–14) Mogensen 4
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19 January 2012
20:15
Serbia  21–21  Slovakia
Attendance: 4,900
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Prodanović 5 (13–6) three players 4
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Group B[edit]

Venue: Čair Sports Center, Niš

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 2 0 1 77 74 +3 4
 Macedonia 3 1 1 1 76 71 +5 3
 Sweden 3 1 1 1 83 84 −1 3
 Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 77 84 −7 2
15 January 2012
17:20
Germany  24–27  Czech Republic
Attendance: 3,800
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Kaufmann 5 (9–14) Jícha 7
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15 January 2012
19:30
Sweden  26–26  Macedonia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Ekberg 6 (14–13) Aluševski, Lazarov 7
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17 January 2012
18:15
Macedonia  23–24  Germany
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Lazarov 7 (12–12) Kaufmann 6
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17 January 2012
20:15
Czech Republic  29–33  Sweden
Attendance: 2,050
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Jícha 7 (17–19) Ekberg 10
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19 January 2012
18:15
Germany  29–24  Sweden
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Gensheimer 9 (20–15) Ekdahl du Rietz 8
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19 January 2012
20:15
Czech Republic  21–27  Macedonia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Jícha, Horák 5 (12–12) Lazarov 7
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Group C[edit]

Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 83 77 +6 5
 Hungary 3 1 2 0 81 78 +3 4
 France 3 1 0 2 77 79 −2 2
 Russia 3 0 1 2 82 89 −7 1
16 January 2012
18:15
France  26–29  Spain
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Fernandez 7 (13–15) three players 4
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16 January 2012
20:15
Hungary  31–31  Russia
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Császár 8 (19–19) Chipurin 5
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18 January 2012
18:15
Russia  24–28  France
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Chipurin 7 (11–16) Narcisse 6
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18 January 2012
20:15
Spain  24–24  Hungary
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Cañellas 6 (11–12) Császár, Mocsai 7
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20 January 2012
18:15
Spain  30–27  Russia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
García Parrondo 6 (17–11) Igropulo 8
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20 January 2012
20:15
France  23–26  Hungary
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Barachet 5 (14–12) Zubai 6
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Group D[edit]

Venue: Millennium Center, Vršac

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 3 3 0 0 88 78 +10 6
 Slovenia 3 1 0 2 90 91 −1 2
 Iceland 3 1 0 2 95 97 −2 2
 Norway 3 1 0 2 80 87 −7 2
16 January 2012
18:10
Norway  28–27  Slovenia
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
three players 6 (14–14) Zorman, Gajić 5
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16 January 2012
20:10
Croatia  31–29  Iceland
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Štrlek 8 (14–15) Sigurðsson 8
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18 January 2012
18:10
Slovenia  29–31  Croatia
Attendance: 3,800
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Gajić 8 (12–16) Čupić 9
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18 January 2012
20:10
Iceland  34–32  Norway
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Gunnarsson 9 (18–20) Mamelund 10
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20 January 2012
18:10
Iceland  32–34  Slovenia
Attendance: 3,800
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Sigurðsson 9 (13–17) Gajić, Skube 7
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20 January 2012
20:10
Croatia  26–20  Norway
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Čupić 6 (13–8) Mamelund 6
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Main round[edit]

Group stage results between teams that qualified for the main round were carried over.

     Team advances to the Semifinals
     Team plays in the Fifth place game

Group I[edit]

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade

Match Serbia vs Germany.

Result[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Serbia 5 3 1 1 110 104 +6 7
 Denmark 5 3 0 2 140 133 +7 6
 Macedonia 5 2 1 2 130 127 +3 5
 Germany 5 2 1 2 132 129 +3 5
 Poland 5 2 1 2 132 136 −4 5
 Sweden 5 0 2 3 124 139 −15 2

Course[edit]

Initial standing and matches. (A) and (B) indicates from which group the teams came; in the main round they were only playing against teams from the other group. By three victories and the misfortune of among others Germany, Denmark qualified for the semifinals together with the host, Serbia. Notable results were Denmarks last seconds win against Macedonia and Polands turn-around of first half result 9-20 to win second half by the same ciffres thereby equalizing against Sweden.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany (B) 2 2 0 0 53 47 +6 4
 Serbia (A) 2 2 0 0 46 40 +6 4
 Poland (A) 2 1 0 1 45 48 −3 2
 Macedonia (B) 2 0 1 1 49 50 −1 1
 Sweden (B) 2 0 1 1 50 55 −5 1
 Denmark (A) 2 0 0 2 48 51 −3 0
21 January 2012
16:15
Poland  29–29  Sweden
Attendance: 6,003
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Jaszka 8 (9–20) Ekberg 7
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21 January 2012
18:15
Denmark  33–32  Macedonia
Attendance: 17,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Hansen 12 (16–19) Lazarov 13
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21 January 2012
20:15
Serbia  21–21  Germany
Attendance: 19,500
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Ilić 6 (12–7) Gensheimer 5
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23 January 2012
16:20
Poland  25–27  Macedonia
Attendance: 3,700
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Jurecki 5 (12–18) Lazarov 9
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23 January 2012
18:20
Denmark  28–26  Germany
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Eggert 7 (17–14) four players 4
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23 January 2012
20:20
Serbia  24–21  Sweden
Attendance: 17,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Vujin 5 (14–11) Ekdahl du Rietz 8
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25 January 2012
16:15
Poland  33–32  Germany
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Jurecki, Kuchczynski 5 (18–17) Klein, Sprenger 7
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25 January 2012
18:15
Denmark  31–24  Sweden
Attendance: 5,200
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Eggert 7 (18–11) Andersson 8
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25 January 2012
20:15
Serbia  19–22  Macedonia
Attendance: 12,000
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Vujin 5 (10–11) Lazarov 10
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Group II[edit]

Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad

Result[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 5 4 1 0 143 130 +13 9
 Croatia 5 3 1 1 137 128 +9 7
 Slovenia 5 2 0 3 153 156 −3 4
 Hungary 5 1 2 2 125 130 −5 4
 Iceland 5 1 1 3 143 146 −3 3
 France 5 1 1 3 128 139 −11 3

Course[edit]

Initial standing and matches. (C) and (D) indicates from which group the teams came, in the main round they are only playing against teams from the other group.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia (D) 2 2 0 0 62 58 +4 4
 Spain (C) 2 1 1 0 53 50 +3 3
 Hungary (C) 2 1 1 0 50 47 +3 3
 Slovenia (D) 2 1 0 1 63 63 0 2
 Iceland (D) 2 0 0 2 61 65 −4 0
 France (C) 2 0 0 2 49 55 −6 0
22 January 2012
16:10
Hungary  21–27  Iceland
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Császár 7 (10–14) Atlason, Sigurðsson 5
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22 January 2012
18:10
France  28–26  Slovenia
Attendance: 4,700
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Barachet 6 (14–15) Žvižej 6
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22 January 2012
20:10
Spain  24–22  Croatia
Attendance: 7,500
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Tomás 5 (11–14) Čupić 5
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24 January 2012
16:10
Spain  31–26  Iceland
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Aguinagalde 5 (17–13) Sigurðsson 6
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24 January 2012
18:10
France  22–29  Croatia
Attendance: 7,500
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Fernandez, Barachet 4 (12–11) Kopljar, Čupić 7
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24 January 2012
20:10
Hungary  30–32  Slovenia
Attendance: 6,800
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Putics 7 (13–14) Gajić 13
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25 January 2012
16:10
France  29–29  Iceland
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Accambray 10 (11–15) Sigurðsson 5
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25 January 2012
18:10
Spain  35–32  Slovenia
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Romero 7 (15–15) Žvižej 7
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25 January 2012
20:10
Hungary  24–24  Croatia
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Császár 14 (13–12) Horvat 11
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Knockout stage[edit]

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade

Bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Final
27 January – Belgrade
  Serbia  26  
  Croatia  22  
 
29 January – Belgrade
      Serbia  19
    Denmark  21
Third place
27 January – Belgrade 29 January – Belgrade
  Spain  24   Croatia  31
  Denmark  25     Spain  27

Semifinals[edit]

27 January 2012
17:45
Denmark  25–24  Spain
Attendance: 14,000
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Lauge 6 (12–10) Aguinagalde 5
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27 January 2012
20:15
Serbia  26–22  Croatia
Attendance: 20,000
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Ilić 8 (13–14) Kopljar 7
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Fifth place game[edit]

27 January 2012
15:15
Macedonia  28–27  Slovenia
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Lazarov 8 (16–12) Dolenec 7
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Bronze medal game[edit]

29 January 2012
14:30
Croatia  31–27  Spain
Attendance: 8,500
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Lacković, Čupić 7 (13–12) Sarmiento 7
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Final[edit]

29 January 2012
17:00
Serbia  19–21  Denmark
Attendance: 19,800
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Prodanović 4 (7–9) Hansen 9
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The final was played at the Belgrade Arena between the host-nation Serbia and Denmark, and was seen by 19,800 spectators.[14] The teams played a match against each other in the group stage of the tournament, when Serbia defeated Denmark 24–22. Serbia's coach Veselin Vuković could not rely on Žarko Šešum, whose left eye was injured after he was hit with a bottle on the halftime break of the semi-final match against Croatia.[15]

The match started with tough play by both teams and low scoring. Denmark claimed the lead in the early phase of the match and controlled the period. Serbia's attacks were ineffective, and goalkeeper Darko Stanić made several saves. The Danes made fewer mistakes in the attacks and Anders Eggert scored important goals in the counter-attacks. Denmark led at halftime 9–7.

Early in the second half Denmark took an 11–7 lead, but then the Serbian players halted the opponent's run with a better play in defence, except for Mikkel Hansen who scored with his powerful shots in the critical moments of the game. The Danes were having the lead all the time with a margin of 1–4 goals and thanks to the saves of their goalkeeper Niklas Landin Jacobsen prevented the Serbians to level the result. The last minutes of the game were played with many mistakes on both sides, but Hansen scored the decisive goal for peerless lead 21–18 with 20 seconds to go. Serbia scored until the end making it 21–19 in favor of Denmark at the end. This was the second title for Denmark after they have previously won the European Championship in 2008.[1]

Ranking and statistics[edit]