Spain's women's handball team couldn't upset the odds and crashed out of the Handball World Cup in Germany on Monday against hot favourites for the tournament, Norway.
The “guerreras”, as they have come to be known, fell 23-31 and crashed out in the round of 16 to the reigning world and European champions despite showing the competitive spirit for which they have become known.
The team, led by Carlos Viver, made a good account for themselves in the tournament with three wins in the group stage and a notable draw against France showing that the gap to the elite has been closed considerably in recent years.
However, it was a lack of experience which seemed to cost them against Norway with the opponents taking an early lead. “We had to be more composed,” admitted Viver.