The Danish women’s handball team failed to reach the semi-finals of the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, losing 22-29 to Spain in the final and deciding match of the group stage last night.
Denmark had only needed a draw, but once again fell to the Spanish, who look like the Danes’ new nemesis after beating them in their last five meetings, including at the World Championships, the Olympics and now the Euros.
“We didn’t hit anything and it’s tough to play against Spain when we don’t play better defence that we did today,” Jan Pytlick, the Danish coach, told TV2.
The Danes also missed out on playing for fifth place after Hungary beat already-qualified Norway later last night.
Spain will face Montenegro in the semi-finals, while Norway will take on Sweden.