Spain debuted this Thursday the European 2022 with victory (28-26) over the Czech Republic within Group E at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, a triumph worked from defense and patience to find the way.
The Hispanos, current double champions of Europe, got off on the right foot in their major challenge against a rival who endured in the fight thanks to the interventions of goalkeeper Tomás Mrkva. At the beginning of both the first half and the second, Spain collided with the great Czech goalkeeper, but still had ample control of the scoreboard.
Jordi Ribera’s renewed squad carried out the always demanding debut after a start in tow (2-4) and in the first half of more defense than attack. Spain, well planted with Gideon Guardiola and Peciña, He performed both with 6: 0 and when Ribera changed to 5: 1 and had several comfortable four-goal rents.
Gurbindo She put her experience and goals and the current champion took advantage of the superiorities on the court (12-8). The Czechs had to risk, playing without a goalkeeper, without completing the attacks, condemned to the Spanish improvement in the defensive retreat. Piroch cut with a couple of actions and the break was reached with 14-11.
Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas also warmed up, but this time the rival goal was more protagonist. In the resumption, Mrkva kept his people alive and Spain became entangled between the protests of the Czechs, the exclusions and the pressure of a public against. Kasparek did not cut himself despite being on the verge of elimination and escaped a triple exclusion from which Spain did not get a cut.
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The Ribera team He had the sentence in hand 20 minutes from the end, but he let the rent escape in superiority (20-19). The blood did not reach the river, and the ‘Hispanics’ again had patience not to give rise to surprise, with important goals from Antonio García so as not to have a heart attack ending to begin with.
With more suspense than expected on paper, but with the classic obstacle of debuting in a great tournament, Spain fulfilled before facing Sweden, where the key to advancing the phase with two points is almost certainly, and then Bosnia.