CROATIA – SPAIN 26-22 (13-11)
Croatia confirmed their top spot in the group A with five wins from five games. They won versus Spain (26-22) and go like superior power in the knockout stage of 2019 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship.
Croatia place first in Group A, while the four-goal difference means Norway move to second and Spain drop to third. Slovenia round out the group’s eighth-finalists in fourth position.
At half time it was two goals which separated the teams (13-11) and match was very interesting till the end.
Spain team tried in the second half with more dynamic defense 4-2 but Croatia almost always had an answer in the attack. It was not easy job. Spain never gave in and pushed the match right to the dying minutes. But Croatia took the win.
Ivan Rukavina scored 5 goals for Croatia. Spain team had four players with four goals.
Head Coach Croatia – Siniša Markota
It was very hard challenge for us. Spain played very organized in the defense, it was real test for our attack. We fought hard till the end and I think that we deserved this victory.
Head Coach Spain – Alberto Suarez Menendez
We were in the match till the end, but Croatia found the way to the victory. We tried with various parts in the defense but Croatia was better in decisive moments.