4 December 2021 – Croatia has won their first match at the 2021 IHF World Women’s Handball Championships in Spain on this afternoon.
After losing their first group match against Brazil 30-25 on Thursday, Croatia bounced back in the best possible way with a convincing 38-16 win over Paraguay on Saturday.
After an even start with both sides trading goals, Croatia went on an 8-0 run midway through the first half to build a nice lead and they would go into the break up 15-5 up.
Led by Ana Turk, Josipa Mamić and Stela Posevac in attack, Croatia maintained their dominance in the second half and stretched their lead to 22 goals. Tea Pijević in the Croatia was in good form, making a number of stops.
In the end it was an expected convincing win for Nenad Šoštarić’s side.
Croatia faces Japan in their final group game on Monday, 6 December.
The 2021 IHF World Women’s Handball Championships is being held in Spain from 1 to 19 December 2021.
The Netherlands are the defending champions after winning for the first time in 2019, whilst Croatia are coming off a bronze medal win at their last major tournament at the European Championships.
This is the 7th time Croatia has taken part at the World Championships, with their best performance coming in 1997 in Germany when they reached the quarter-finals.