posted on Aug, 24 2004 @ 06:40 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - Hungary, Russia, Germany and Croatia have qualified for the men's handball semifinals at the Athens Olympics.
Germany qualified in the most dramatic fashion, earning a 32-30 victory over Spain in a penalty shootout. The Germans were behind 16-15 at halftime,
but came back to tie it at 27-27 by the end of the match. The score was still locked 28-28 after the first extra period, and 30-30 after the second.
Germany then managed to score twice in the penalty shootout, and goalkeeper Henning Fritz made three saves, while one of Spain's shots hit the post.
"It's difficult to say anything after such a match," said Heiner Brand, head coach of Germany. "There are so many things in your mind after that
match. I want to congratulate my players for not quitting the match at any point."
Hungary was the first to advance with a 30-25 victory over Korea, moving on to face the defending world champion Croatians, who upended Olympic Games
host Greece by a 33-27 score.
Russia, the defending Olympic champion, beat France 26-24 and will face Germany in the semis.