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WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2022 QUALIFIERS

With two rounds played so far in the battle to qualify for the Women’s EHF EURO 2022, there is still all to fight for most of the 24 teams in the running.

The Women’s EHF EURO 2022 will be the last played with 16 teams, and there are 12 tickets still available – with co-hosts Slovenia, North Macedonia and Montenegro plus defending champions Norway all pre-qualified.

After the first two rounds, played in October 2021, eight teams remain undefeated: Poland, Russia, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Hungary, Spain and Sweden.

Switzerland, Lithuania, Faroe Islands, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal and Turkey are yet to win a match. Portugal, Greece and the Faroes all came through the qualification phase 1 tournament to earn their places in phase 2.

One of the biggest surprises of the first two rounds was Iceland’s stunning 23:21 win against Serbia in round 2. The Icelandic team had lost 30:17 in an away match to Sweden earlier in the week, but bounced back for their home game against the Balkan nation.

Germany produced their biggest-ever win in round 1 to beat Greece 36:10, while France delivered a crushing 38:22 defeat to the Czechs.

There were two draws in the first two rounds, with Germany tying 24:24 with Belarus, and Austria’s meeting with Romania ending 33:33.

Qualification resumes in March 2022 and concludes in April. The top two teams in each of the six groups will progress to the final tournament in December 2022.

Among the highlights of round 3 will be a top-of-the-table clash in group 4 between 2020 bronze medallists Croatia and reigning Olympic champions and 2020 EHF EURO silver medallists France, with the return game later in the week.

Unbeaten sides Hungary and Spain, as well as Poland and Russia, will also meet when the qualification gets underway again.