Thursday, September 16

The ‘Hispanics’ crush Argentina to regain their smile for the quarterfinals

Julen Aguinagalde pitches against Argentina.

Julen Aguinagalde pitches against Argentina.

The Spanish handball team regained its smile after the defeat against France and is already waiting to know the name of its rival in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Games, after winning this Sunday by a clear 36-27 to Argentina, which was he says goodbye to the Olympic tournament without knowing victory.

Matches with Argentina are never easy, a team that, despite its gray passage through the Japanese capital, has a fierce group of players who seem to have increased their competitive character even more if possible with the presence of former Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas in the dock.

It is a team with tusks that, aware of the difficulties of the Spanish team in the axis of defense due to the absence due to injury of Viran Morros, did not hesitate to load their offensive game in that area in the first minutes.

Cadenas wanted to test Miguel Sánchez, the player in charge of replacing Morros during the remainder of the tournament and who had only been in the Japanese capital for a few hours.

The constant search for pivot Lucas Moscariello had a reward for Argentina when at three minutes Miguel Sanchez saw his first exclusion from the match.

The Argentine team did not have the opportunity to take advantage of this superiority before the excellent start of the game by the Spanish goalkeeper Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas, who with his interventions not only allowed the “Hispanics” to resolve the momentary inferiority, but also finally established the framework defensive of the Spanish team.

It was quite a problem for the Argentine team, which, unable to find the cracks in the Spanish team, went from a hopeful 3-3 to a more than disturbing 12-5 with less than ten minutes to go to the conclusion of the first half.

But this Argentina, as the Spanish team was able to verify in the friendly held last March in Madrid, never gives up and after the timely scolding of Manolo Cadenas seemed, at last, to react.

The move to an attack with seven field players, added to the exclusions of the Spanish team, as well as the occasional stop by Juan Manuel Bar, who replaced a gray Leo Maciel under sticks, allowed the “Gladiators” to reduce their disadvantage to just three goals (14-11) with less than three minutes to go to half-time.

A mere mirage, since the victory of Spain was never in question and with a couple of sparks those of Jordi Ribera escaped again on the scoreboard, as reflected by the five goals ahead (17-12) with which the “Hispanics” they closed the first period.

The Spanish team, in the Miguel Sánchez showed that in addition to defending it can also have a few minutes in attack, it increased the income again at the start of the second set, in which Spain seemed to solve the problems that Argentina’s attack seven for six had generated in the first time.

As confirmed by the goal from his own pitch by pivot Adrià Figueras, who put the Spanish team six minutes after the restart with a difference of seven goals (21-14) with which the match was totally sentenced.

This did not prevent Spain from continuing to increase its difference in the scoreboard until reaching the final 36-27, which ended Argentina’s adventure in the Tokyo Olympics, while the “Hispanics” await to know the name of their rival in rooms.

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