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Spain's handball players make history with first European championship win

Viran Morros lifts the champions' trophy in Zagreb on Sunday.
Viran Morros lifts the champions' trophy in Zagreb on Sunday. / ANTONIO BAT / EFE
  • Los Hispanos beat Sweden in Sunday's final in Zagreb, 29-23

It was fifth time lucky on Sunday as Spain's men's handball team won their first European title in a close battle in Zagreb.

They secured the win in the second half of an incredible game. Sweden, who won the first half by two points, were only able to score nine more in the second.

The Spanish team's defensive 5-1 formation was crucial to achieve the result. Álex Dujshebaev, as the striker, caused the Swedes a lot of problems. One of the key turning points was the goalkeeper substitution, when Corrales came on for Sterbik.

Sterbik had been sensational in goal, and managed to save the majority of shots from a Swedish side in very fine form. However, Corrales, who was called up at the last minute, played a vital role in Spain's victory.

Spain's triumph has secured the team places in both the World Cup in 2019 and the European competition in 2020.