Key highlights of the day: The last rest day before the final weekend

26 Jan. 2023

Key highlights of the day: The last rest day before the final weekend

What a day, right? Wednesday has been amazing for every neutral fan at Poland/Sweden 2023, with four high-profile quarter-finals delivering just the right amount of drama, excellent plays, stalwarts playing at the highest level and teams going against each other at full strength.

The instant classic that will surely be remembered for years to come is the match between Spain and Norway. A goal from left back Daniel Dujshebaev sent the match into extra-time, where Spain finally celebrated a 35:34 in front of a dejected Norway, who missed a big chance to qualify for the semi-finals. 

Co-hosts Sweden had a 7:0 flawless run that spanned over 12 minutes, which proved to be the backbone of their win against Egypt, who didn’t qualify for the semi-finals for the third time in a row. 

France also had a scare in the first half against Germany, but they bounced back in style, riding a huge match from goalkeeper Rémi Desbonnet, who had 14 saves for a 47% efficiency, to secure their seventh win on the trot (35:28).

Denmark tied the record for the largest winning margin in a quarter-final at the IHF Men’s World Championship, 17 goals, with a flawless performance against Hungary (40:23), extending their unbeaten run in the competition to 26 matches, a new record. 

Now the semi-finals are set, with one to be played in Stockholm, the one featuring Sweden and France, and Denmark and Spain clashing in Gdansk. 

The President’s Cup final has also been played, with Tunisia sealing the trophy for the second time in a row after a flawless win against Chile (38:26). 

All the statistics, tailor-made for everyone, are just one click away, so you can follow your favourite player and see who’s the best scorer, the best assists provider and the best goalkeeper. 

Only two players have scored over 50 goals – Chile’s Erwin Feuchtmann (56 goals) and Denmark’s Mathias Gidsel (51 goals). The caveat is that Gidsel still has two more matches to play. Therefore, he is the favourite to end up in first place in the top goal scorer standings.

Curious about where you can follow your team on TV? Don’t worry, we also got you covered – just click here!

Don’t forget you can also win prizes by predicting the results of the matches at Poland/Sweden 2023. 

The IHF is working hard to bring you the very best from what is sure to be an exciting competition, and wherever you are, there are many ways to follow the action! Make sure you stay up to date, follow our social media channels and find out which was the pic of the day and the best actions of the day! 

You can also check the best plays from the first day on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, with plenty of mouthwatering goals ready to be seen. Just look at his amazing passage of play in the last seconds between Norway and Spain, which basically wrote the story of the match.