Handball World Cup 2023: France beats Poland (26:24)

Handball World Cup 2023: France beats Poland (26:24)

The French started the 2023 Handball World Championship this Wednesday evening with a painful win against Poland (26:24).

In the Spodek in Katowice, the French handball team, which dreams of a seventh crown, started the competition well with a 26:24 victory against Poland, hosts of this World Cup in 2023.

With this success, the Blues, as Olympic champions, already open the door to the main round, for which they will qualify if they win against Saudi Arabia on Saturday. On Monday they will meet Slovenia in Katowice.

Without captain Luka Karabatic, victim of lumbago, and right winger Valentin Porte (thigh), Guillaume Gille’s men were threatened until the end by Poland, who were even neck and neck with ten minutes left (21:21). .

“You have to remember the difficulty of starting a competition and that game had everything that a trap match was: big pressure from the crowd, a little tension from the referee that I didn’t think allowed us to close our game develop,” confided the manager of the Blues. But that is also due to a certain nervousness, which is quite logical: the first matches are rarely perfect copies. This victory is very satisfying because it starts the blue train. The defensive sector provided stability as one of our twin towers was absent from defense (Luka Karabatic, injured). In attack it was more erratic with some approaches, balls on the ground. The signs of an incipient competition.

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