The Hungarians took the last ticket for the quarter-finals of the Handball World Cup thanks to their victory on Sunday January 22 against Cape Verde (42-30) coupled with the defeat against Sweden from Portugal (32-30), past close to the first qualification in quarters of the competition in its history.
The Portuguese, who needed a draw in Group II in Gothenburg to pass, had it in hand, against the reigning European champions (already qualified and assured of first place) in front of their public, until at the start of the second period (18-18).
Before cashing in a 7-1 ending their chances of qualification despite a last stand at the end of the match.
They are one point ahead of Hungary (6 points), which is ahead of Iceland, victorious over Brazil (41-37), after beating it in the first round (30-28).
Hungary will face in the quarterfinals the winner of the match between Denmark, double defending champion, and Egypt (or the Egyptians in the event of a draw), Monday with the challenge of first place in group IV. Sweden will be pitted against the other team.
France will play against the loser of the match between Germany and Norway (or Norway in the event of a draw) in Group III.
Reigning Olympic champion, she finished top of Pool I after winning against Spain (28-26) a clash between two teams already qualified.