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27/01/2016

Sweden did what they had to do against Hungary

REVIEW: Sweden have beaten Hungary 22:14 in the teams' last main round match at the EHF EURO, but whether Sweden play another match and reach the Olympic qualification depends on Russia

Photo: Sascha Klahn

The challenge could haven been harder, so Sweden just did the minimum necessary they had to do.

The 2012 Olympic Games silver medallists beat Hungary 22:14 (10:7) on the last main round day in Wroclaw, but they do not know whether they have reached the Olympic qualification or not.

This depends on the result of the match Russia vs Spain later on Wednesday night in Wroclaw.

“I think there were two goalkeepers and two good defences so there were not many opportunities to score. We did great in defence and Mattias Andersson was great once again," said Sweden's Jesper Konradsson after the match.

The 14 goals scored by Hungary are among the lowest scores in EHF EURO history: In 1998 Russia beat Croatia 29:14, in another three matches at Men's EHF EURO events teams netted just 15 times.

With four points on their account Sweden have temporarily passed Russia (three points) , but if Russia beat Spain, they would fight play for 7th rank and would book the ticket for the Rio 2016 qualification tournament.

After their lacklustre performance against Sweden, Hungary finish at the bottom of Main Round Group II without a single point and will eventually be ranked 12th at the EHF EURO.

"I think it is time, we look at the results, we analyse and take our responsibilities. I know Talant (Dujshebaev, HUN head coach) will take his own, but often he takes too many," said Hungary's Rudolf Faluvegi.

After a reasonably equal first half, Hungary surrendered early in the second.

Within minutes Sweden had decided the one-sided encounter, at the latest when they led 17:8 after 40 minutes.

Knowing they would not allow this lead to slip away, Sweden slowed down their game, but always remained in control – and on the stands the Hungarian fans celebrated despite their team's uninspiring performance.

Sweden’s top scorers were Viktor Östlund and 'player of the match' Lukas Nilsson with five goals each.

written by Björn Pazen / ts