With the last matches in Malmö on Wednesday, the preliminary round of the EHF EURO 2020 concluded. Before the main round starts, here are the most fascinating statistics from the first stage of the competition.
0 debutants made it to the main round. The best-ranked debutant is the Netherlands in 17th position ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina (23) and Latvia (24).
1 draw only occurred in the 36 matches of the preliminary round, between Hungary and Denmark.
3 former EHF EURO champions, combining six titles, are already out: France (2006, 2010, 2014), Denmark (2008, 2012) and Russia (1996).
3 former EHF EURO champions, combining eight trophies, are still part of the main round: Sweden (1994, 1998, 2000, 2002), Germany (2004, 2016) and Spain (2018).
4 preliminary matches had a combined score for both teams of fewer than 45 goals.
5 of six group winners finished the preliminary round with the maximum of six points; only Hungary ended with five points.
8 preliminary matches had a combined score for both teams of more than 60 goals.
10 penalty goals from 12 attempts were scored by Hungarian Zsolt Balogh, making him the best penalty shooter so far ahead of Artem Kozakevych (Ukraine, nine goals).
11 penalty goals were scored by Ukraine and Portugal in the preliminary round; four nations scored 10 penalty goals each (Norway, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany).
13 goals was the biggest difference in the 36 matches of the preliminary round, when Sweden beat Switzerland 34:21. Three matches ended with an 11-goal margin: Germany vs Netherlands (34:23), Spain vs Latvia (33:22) and Iceland vs Russia (34:23).
13th, the position in which Denmark finished, is the weakest ranking ever of a defending world and/or Olympic champion at an EHF EURO final tournament.
19 assists were made by both Nikola Bilyk (Austria) and Sander Sagosen (Norway) for goals in the preliminary round; Macedonian player Kiril Lazarov made 17 assists.
28 goals were scored by Bilyk to top the scorer list after the preliminary round ahead of Sagosen and Switzerland’s Andre Schmid (both on 27). To underline his strong performance: all Bilyk’s goals were field goals.
+29 was Spain’s impressive goal difference after three matches, ahead of Croatia (+17) and Norway (+14).
36 shots in three matches were saved by Slovenian goalkeeper Klemen Ferlin to top the ranking ahead of Niklas Landin (Denmark/34 saves) and Roland Mikler (Hungary/33).
40 goals in the match Sweden vs Slovenia (19:21) was the lowest combined score of the preliminary round. 42 goals were scored in the match between Iceland vs Hungary (18:24), and 43 when Montenegro beat Serbia 22:21.
42 per cent of shots were saved by Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Palicka (30 saves/71 shots), ahead of Rodrigo Corrales (Spain/41 per cent) and Nebojsa Grahovac (Bosnia Herzegovina/40 per cent).
46 saves is the number made by the Swedish and Spanish goalkeepers in the preliminary round. Slovenia is third with 38 saves.
47 scorer points (28 goals and 19 assists) bring Bilyk another crown ahead of Sagosen with 46 (27/19) and Schmid with 42 (27/15).
54.1 goals were scored on average in the 36 matches of the preliminary round.
65 goals in the match between Belarus and Serbia (35:30) was the highest score of the preliminary round, ahead of 64 goals in the match between Austria and Ukraine (34:30) and 63 goals in the Montenegro vs Belarus match (27:36).
65 goals were conceded by Croatia’s impressive defence, ahead of their neighbours Hungary and Slovenia with 67 conceded goals each.
102 goals were scored by Spain to have the best attack of all 24 participants ahead of Austria (98) and Belarus and Norway with 94 goals each.
141 kilometres per hour was the fastest shot of the preliminary round by Taleski, ahead of Czech Stanislav Kasparek (140 km/h) and Szymon Sicko (Poland/139).
141 kilometres per hour was also the fastest shot saved in the EHF EURO 2020 – by Czech goalkeeper Martin Galia, ahead of Victor Kireev (Russia/136) and Adam Morawski (Poland/134)
395 goals were scored in group A, the highest group score ahead of group C (343) and group D (332). Fans watching group F in Gothenburg saw only 307 goals.
739 passes in three matches bring Schmid another top position after the preliminary round ahead of Luc Steins (Netherlands/666) and Dmitri Zhitnikov (Russia/641).
1,948 goals were scored in the 36 matches of the preliminary round.
2,680 passes in three matches puts Bosnia and Herzegovina on top of this ranking ahead of Portugal (2,480) and Poland (2,437).