Denmark became the first team to reach the final of the Handball World Cup. The co-hosts prevailed in the semi-finals surprisingly clear with 38:30 (21:15) against defending champion France.
In the final, the team of coach Nikolaj Jacobsen can thus for the first time ever become world champion in handball. On Friday evening, in the second semi-final, it will be decided whether the Danes will meet the German or the Norwegian team on Sunday.
By far the best thrower of Denmark in the Hamburg Arena was superstar Mikkel Hansen with twelve goals. Former German Bundesliga player Kentin Mahé was the most successful for the formally weak French with eight goals.
Denmark got off to a flying start in their only tournament away game. After only seven minutes Jacobsen's team led for the first time with three goals. Driven by Hansen, the best marksman of this World Cup with a total of 65 goals, the Danes continued to control the game. That was also because the French often had to act outnumbered due to many penalties and goalkeeper Vincent Gerard parried only a few balls.
The 26th Handball World Cup will take place this year in Germany and Denmark and ends on 27 January.