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Date: 3/27/2019

Hosts Spain enjoyed a strong campaign at the XXIII International Women’s Handball Tournament of Spain, taking the trophy after three wins in three games. At the four-nation event played from March 21 to 23 in the city of Palencia, Spain beat Switzerland, Serbia and Brazil. The result highlights Spain’s development over recent years, as the young squad have been in a rebuilding phase since after the 2016 Olympic Games.


The XXIII International Women’s Handball Tournament opened on March 21, with two starkly different matches: Serbia defeated Brazil 29:27 (16:16) after a tightly contested 60 minutes, while Spain earned a dominant win over Switzerland, 35:18 (17:9).


On the second day of competition, Brazil took their first win when they beat Switzerland with a clear final score line of 28:16 (18:8). Spain followed with their second victory, defeating Serbia 31:28 (14:15).


Spain therefore entered the final day of competition on four points after two wins, while Serbia and Brazil each had two points thanks to one victory apiece. Serbia added one last win, recording a 31:21 (10:12) result against Switzerland. The two-goal half-time deficit against the 2013 World Championship runners-up was turned completely around in the second half, for Serbia to enjoy a clear win after recovering from a rocky opening.


The final match saw an exciting clash between Spain and Brazil, with the Pan American side leading 15:13 at half-time before the hosts turned the tide and finished with a 28:25 win.


Spain therefore finished on six points at the top of the ranking, ahead of Serbia on four points, Brazil on two and Switzerland on zero.


For the three European sides, the XXIII International Women’s Handball Tournament of Spain served as part of the preparation for their upcoming 25th IHF Women’s World Championship qualification play-offs. Both Spain and Serbia will play the first leg of their respective play-off on May 31, with Spain meeting Iceland and Serbia hosting Poland. Switzerland will play their first-leg play-off on June 1, against Denmark.


Brazil’s next major international event will be the 2019 Pan American Games in July.


Photo: Royal Spanish Handball Federation