The Macedonian women’s handball team defeated Greece 20 to 19 and clutched on to its last victory in the qualifications cycle for the next phase towards the 2021 World Cup.
Macedonia’s coach Sime Simovski congratulated the team and reflected a one-point win is not impressive, but sweet nevertheless.
The game was third in succession within a short period of time. Additional weight was carried by the team due to a long pause from activities because of the corona pandemic.
Macedonia emerged with a perfect score from all games thanks to goalkeeper Jovana Micevska’s last-moment save that kept her team one point clear from Greece, which incurred three losses in total.
In the previous two games, on March 20 Macedonia defeated Lithuania 31-21. Only one day earlier, Macedonia crushed Iceland 24-17. The team was led by Sara Ristovska who was perfect with 11 goals from 11 attempts.
The team is expecting their next rival in the barrage that will determine who will travel to the World Cup in Spain to take place at the end of this year.
A play-offs draw is scheduled today at 3 PM CET. Macedonia will face one of the following teams: Russia, Germany, Montenegro, Hungary, Sweden, Romania,. Serbia, Poland, Czechia or Slovenia.
Coach Simovski has two ‘favourites’ in the teams of Czechia and Poland. The remainder are solid contestants that are always part of continental and international tournaments.