Handball - Men's EHF European Handball Championship - Medal ceremony - Arena Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia - January 28, 2018. Spain's react with gold medals and the championship trophy. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
CAIRO – 29 January 2018: Spain defeated Sweden 29-23 in the 2018 EHF European Men's Handball Championship final on Sunday night at Arena Zagreb, Croatia. Spain achieved their first title in their 13th participation.
Spain ended their un-victorious run at the competition finals, as they lost the final four times before, including the 1998 title against Sweden.
Sweden were the better side in the first half and they were leading the game by three goals after 20 minutes, with the first half ending 14-12.
The second half was much different, and Spanish winger Ferran Solé shined in the first 10 minutes to lead his team to win the game 29-23.
“After four losses in the finals of the European Championships, we knew we had to give everything in our power and play the best we can,” Spain’s right wing, Alex Dujshebaev, told the tournament’s official website after winning the gold medal.
On the other hand, France achieved the bronze medal after defeating Denmark 32-29.