BAKU, 27 July 2019 – Croatia has won the gold medal in the handball competition at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Croatia beat Germany in the final 29:28 to claim the gold medal on Saturday.
Croatia started the match strong and controlled possession in the first half as they enjoyed leads of 10:7 in the 18th minute, and 14:9 in the 25th. Germany came back just before halftime but the Croatians went into the halftime break 15:13 up.
Germany went on a run in the second spell which would see them take a 20:17 lead at one stage. Croatia levelled up again at 22:22 before regaining the lead and going up 24:23. With three minutes remaining Croatia would stretch their lead to 4 goals. Germany again narrowed the gap but the game was never in doubt and Croatia would win the match by 1 goal, 29:28 to claim gold.
Croatia’s top scorer was Fabijan Grubišić with 8 goals, followed by Rok Malin, Matej Svržnjak and David Štrković with 4 each.
Croatia won four gold medals at the EYOF with the three gold medals coming from swimmer Franke Grgic who won two, and Ana Viktorija Puljiz in the judo.
Croatian gold medal handball team:
DOMINIK KUZMANOVIĆ – MRK DUGO SELO
MATEJ MANDIĆ – RK IZVIĐAČ LJUBUŠKI
FABIJAN GRUBIŠIĆ – MRK DUGO SELO
ZLATKO RAUŽAN – MRK DUGO SELO
IVAN BARBIĆ – RK SENJ
MISLAV OBRADOVIĆ – RK BJELOVAR
MARIN LISAC – RK DUBRAVA
ADAM ŠALIĆ – RK PPP ZAGREB
JAKOV NERALIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
MATEJ SVRŽNJAK – RK PPD ZAGREB
MISLAV TRNINIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
MARIO ZAKIĆ – RK MOSLAVINA
ROK MALIN – RK SISAK
DAVID ŠTRKOVIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
MATIJA CAR – RK MORNAR – CRIKVENICA
NINO MARKOVIĆ, Coach
KREŠO IVANKOVIĆ, Coach
IVAN DRAGIĆ, Goalkeeper coach
NIKOLA GOLUB, Condition coach
TOMICA MADJERČIĆ, Technical coach