15/01/2020

Final games to decide fate of world champions and young Hungarians

GROUP E PREVIEW: Group E will wrap up the preliminary round matches at the EHF EURO 2020 on Wednesday, with Denmark and Hungary targeting the last main round ticket

Roland Mikler's young Hungarian side have a chance of reaching the main round if they can beat Iceland or force another draw. Photo © Anze Malovrh / kolektiff

The final day of preliminary round matches at the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 sees the very last decisions to be made, with only two games left to be played, both in group E.

With Iceland already sure to proceed and Russia out of contention, the second group II place from group E will go to either Hungary or Denmark. With Hungary on three points and Denmark on one, the situation is more favourable for Hungary.

If Hungary beat or draw with Iceland, they will go through to the main round alongside the Nordic team. If Hungary lose and Denmark lose, the main round berth also goes to Hungary, and Iceland will carry two points into the next stage.

If Hungary lose and Denmark win, they will be level on points, and the deciding factor will be goal difference.

GROUP E

Iceland vs Hungary
Wednesday 15 January, 18:15 CET, live on ehfTV.com

  • Iceland are through to the main round for the first time since 2014, when they ranked fifth
  • a win or a draw against Iceland will take Hungary to the main round, after they missed that stage in 2018
  • Iceland have the chance to set a new record for their longest winning run at an EHF EURO final tournament – the current record is two matches, which they levelled with the win versus Russia in the previous round
  • Iceland backs Aron Palmarsson and Alexander Petersson both sit on 98 career goals at EHF EUROs ahead of the clash
  • the EHF EURO balance between Iceland and Hungary is equal – two wins each, and one draw. The draw was the most recent match, in 2014 in Denmark

Russia vs Denmark
Wednesday 15 January, 20:30 CET, live on ehfTV.com

  • Russia cannot reach the main round; Denmark fight for their place in it, but the world champions’ fate will be decided if Hungary win or draw in the earlier clash
  • if Denmark do not reach the main round, it will be their lowest EHF EURO ranking in history
  • Russia have not beaten Denmark since the EHF EURO qualification phase in 2011
  • Denmark passed 2,500 goals scored at EHF EURO events in their round two match against Hungary
  • in what was his 40th EHF EURO match for Denmark – and Mikkel Hansen’s – Niklas Landin had a spectacular game against Hungary in round two, with 20 saves, but it was not enough for a victory
written by Courtney Gahan / jh