Women’s Handball World Cup: France sets course for Denmark for a place in the final

Absent in Tokyo but triple Olympic champions in the 2000s, the Danes are biding their time to get back on an international podium. The players of Olivier Krumbholz are therefore warned, before their semi-final Friday, December 17 (5.30 p.m.). On the eve of the Blue’s victory over Sweden (30-26), Denmark had defeated (30-25) catchy Brazilians. But the balance seems to tip more in favor of the Blue.

The Habs have indeed gained confidence in their last eight meetings against Denmark: six wins for two losses. For their third group match of Euro 2020, they won by three lengths (23-20) after a tight first period (12-11). On October 4 of the same year, they also met the Nordics in a friendly match, which ended in a victory (27-23).

Recently, the French, reigning Olympic champions, have strengthened their domination. Two friendly matches opposed the two teams in 2021, on March 18 and 20. The players of Olivier Krumbholz had then won two victories (26-22 then 24-23).

But when there is defeat, the blow is severe. Reigning European Champion (2018) and World Champions (2017), the Blue are eliminated in the first round by Denmark from the 2019 World Cup. A bitter defeat, also due to the incredible performance of Danish goalkeeper Sandra Toft (15 stops).

In 66 games played, France has won 29 times, lost 33 games and obtained 5 draws.

In the quarter-finals, against the Brazilians, 11th in Tokyo, Denmark took the lead by securing a lead of up to three goals in the first half. Sandra Toft, Brest goalkeeper, kept her teammates in the lead thanks to 11 saves in the first half. And after the victory (30-25), the Danish goalkeeper was logically elected player of the match with 40% saves (17 saves).

The start of the competition had been much more to the advantage of the Danes, also undefeated since the start of the competition, easily leaders of their group with river scores (+11 against Hungary, +15 against the Czech Republic, + 16 against Germany).

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