Cairo (AFP)

France, unbeaten since arriving in Egypt, will have to beat Hungary on Wednesday (8:30 p.m.) in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Men's Handball World Cup, to access the last four of a tournament that could mark the return of the Blues to the international foreground. .

The Hungarians did not weigh heavily against the Spanish, two reigning European champions, who won their last game of the main round 36-28.

The Hungarian selection, coached by Istvan Gulyas, already had his ticket to the quarterfinals in his pocket and did not force against Spain, seeming to give the impression of preferring to face France, rather than Norway in the quarterfinals, and avoiding so above all to possibly challenge Denmark in the semi-finals.

Hungary aligns a young generation which evolves largely in its national championship, but it has not reached the last four of a big meeting since the Olympic Games 2012 in London (4th).

She finished the Mondial-2019 in 10th place and the Euro-2020 in 9th.

France has it, achieved a faultless since arriving in Egypt with six wins in as many matches and finished first in its group in the main round after its convincing success against Portugal on Sunday (32-23).

It made us forget his disappointment of Euro-2020 ended in a pitiful 14th place which had led to the dismissal of coach Didier Dinart replaced by Guillaume Gille.

Spain will be opposed to Norway, while Denmark, favorite and reigning world champion, will meet Egypt.

The last quarter-final will pit Sweden against Qatar, Croatia or Argentina, depending on the results of the last matches of the main round played on Monday evening.

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