Malmo (dpa) - The European Handball Championship has its next favorite fall. Even before the final group game, world champion and Olympic champion Denmark was eliminated.

With the 24:18 (9:12) victory of Hungary against Iceland, the big gold favorite lost his chance of reaching the main round. The Danes had lost to Iceland and had played a draw against group winners Hungary. The World Cup third-party France had previously failed in the preliminary round.

If the Icelanders had won, Denmark could have made progress with a win against Russia. It looked good until half-time for the team around superstar Mikkel Hansen, who had to watch his teammates live at the Malmö Arena when the Icelanders broke in after the change.

Above all, Hungary's bishop Bence Banhidi, who scored eight goals, could not be controlled. When the Magyars pulled away 5: 0 from 16:17 to 21:17 in the middle of the second half, the Icelanders, who were also qualified for the main round, surrendered. Hungary had already knocked Denmark out of the tournament in the round of 16 at the 2017 World Cup.

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