Handball World Cup: Portugal defeats Cape Verde and continues the fight for the “quarters”

Portugal defeated Cape Verde this Friday (23-35) in the second of three matches in group two of the “Main Round” of the 2023 Handball World Cup. The crew led by Paulo Jorge Pereira continues to fight for a spot in the quarterfinals.

An unbalanced second half, in favor of the Portuguese crew, which obtained a good a part of 21-11, was decisive for the last variations of the match, after a extra disputed preliminary half-hour.

In the first half normally performed at a decrease tempo, with longer and extra cautious assaults, Cape Verde opened the rating in the third minute and Portugal scored solely in the fifth minute, when made it is Kiko Costa’s 1-1.

The first ten minutes had been marked by three exclusions from Cape Verde, who though, in an preliminary interval, having performed extra time in inferiority than equality, managed to maintain the rating balanced, with a bonus or a draw.

Portugal had been solely in a position to take the lead when Pedro Portela made it 4-5 in the eleventh minute. The Portuguese crew nonetheless reached 4-7, the largest distinction in the first half, however Cape Verde managed to reply and reached 7-7, in the center excluding Alexis Borges, the first for Portugal.

Paulo Jorge Pereira’s crew went a couple of minutes with out scoring, however goalkeeper Miguel Espinha ended his purpose drought and had one other three-goal benefit (9-12), however Cape Verde diminished the defeat, nonetheless reached 12 -13 and the solely purpose he didn’t enter the break was dropping by the smallest margin as a result of Luis Frade took benefit of a fast substitution and, in a number of seconds, it turned 12-14 in above the horn.

The second half turned extra unbalanced, with Portugal constructing an unprecedented distinction of 5 objectives (12-17) earlier. The choice led by Ljubomir Obradovic, present coach of Avanca and with many gamers of the Portuguese league, scored solely in the thirty fifth minute and by no means received in opposition to Portugal on the scoreboard.

After Miguel Espinha, even Manuel Gaspar, who performed in the second half, scored, even being the first to attain for the predominant crew. Paulo Moreno, who already has two exclusions, was despatched off in the forty eighth minute, after a shot the place the ball went in the face of Manuel Gaspar.

The ticking clock appeared to increase the benefit for Portugal, who grew in the second half and gained one other comfort that was lacking in the first. The benefit reached 15 objectives twice (17-32 and 18-33) and lastly turned 12 objectives, with the last 23-35.

The dream of growing the tenth place in the 2021 World Cup, in Egypt, remains to be alive and now, with eyes on the subsequent two matches of the day, however particularly on Sunday in the assembly in opposition to Sweden, the final for Portugal on this “Main Round. “. Remember that the first two classifieds in the group will advance to the quarterfinals.

This Friday is the second spherical, which additionally consists of the matches Brazil-Hungary (17h00) and Sweden-Iceland (19h30).


Game at Scandinavium area, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Half time: 12-14.

CAPE GREEN: Luís Almeida, Edmilson Gonçalves; Délcio Pina (6), Ivo Santos (1), Edmilson Araújo (1), Leandro Semedo (3), Flávio Fortes (3), Bruno Landim (2), Paulo Moreno, Rafael Andrade (2), Admilson Furtado, Gilson Correia , Felisberto Landim (2), Elledy Semedo, Gualther Furtado (2), Nelson Pina (1). Coach, Ljubomir Obradovic.

PORTUGAL: Manuel Gaspar (1), Miguel Espinha (1); Pedro Portela (2), Victor Iturriza (5), Miguel Martins, Rui Silva (3), Leonel Fernandes (3), Alexis Borges, Diogo Branquinho (1), Alexandre Cavalcanti (1), António Areia (9), Kiko Costa (1), André Gomes (2), Martim Costa (1), Luís Frade (3), Fábio Magalhães (2). Coach, Paulo Jorge Pereira.

CLASSIFICATION (Group 2, First Round):
1st: Sweden, 6 factors
2nd: PORTUGAL, 5 (yet one more sport)
third: Iceland, 4
4th: Brazil, 3
fifth: Hungary, 2
sixth: Cape Verde, 0 (yet one more sport)

2nd Journey (Today, Friday):
Brazil-Hungary (17h00); Sweden-Iceland (19:30).
third Journey (Sunday): Cape Verde-Hungary (2:30 pm); Brazil-Iceland (17h00); Sweden-Portugal (19h30).


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