Defending champions Denmark got off to a successful start in the European Beach Handball Championship in Varna, Bulgaria.
Denmark started well in the men’s preliminary round with a 24-11, 22-13 win over Romania.
A second win was scored against Turkey 21-14, 23-18 and the Danes took their third straight win with a 24-18, 19-16 triumph over Norway.
Thanks to their victory over Norway in a rematch of the 2019 final, Denmark is at the top of Group A.
Spain also remain undefeated in Group A after beating Norway 28:19, 19:12, followed by a 21:20, 19:13 win over Romania.
France are two-two in Group B after beating Hungary 13-23, 26-24, 13-12 and then Ukraine 18-14, 15-10.
Despite this defeat, Ukraine also won two games – 25-24, 18-16 against Italy and 20-21, 20-16, 5-4 against Greece.
Croatia and Poland have both won their games in Group C and will play at the top of the table in a decisive round tomorrow.
Poland won 14-11, 21-20 against Bulgaria and 22-20, 22-18 against Sweden, while Croatia beat Bulgaria 15-12, 26-18 and Sweden 25-16, 23-20.
Russia are at the top of Group D after beating Portugal 19:14, 24:18 and beating the Dutch at 23:18, 21:17.
The Danish women’s team, which is also the reigning champions, won after a tiebreak against Spain 12:22, 17-14, 8: 6, but did not achieve the same result against Ukraine.
This time Ukraine won the third set with the final score 14-25, 26-18, 7-4.
Ukraine lead Group A with two wins and one loss after losing to Turkey today.
Norway won two of two in Group B, beating Hungary 27:18, 18:16 and Croatia 23:17, 23:16.
France remain undefeated in Group D with a 17-13, 13-20, 7-4 win over Poland and a 25:24, 18-14 win over Russia.
In Group C, Germany and the Netherlands are unbeaten with two wins each.
Germany defeated Romania 18: 8, 22:13 and Portugal 16:10, 14: 8; the Dutch won 13-12, 12-10 against Portugal and 29-16, 20-7 against Romania.
The competition should take place until Sunday (July 18th), tomorrow the preliminary round will continue.
The European Beach Handball Championship will be broadcast in 44 territories, with 13 channels broadcasting the events from Varna on television.
It is the first edition of the event since the European Handball Federation signed a 10-year media and marketing partnership with Infront and DAZN, and the organizers point out that the broadcast rights have been sold in North America, Asia and Oceania, as well as across Europe.
Games are also available to watch EHFTV worldwide in areas where the rights have not been sold.