The Final: Spain-Denmark. Post-match
Spain - Denmark (35-19)
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona. January 27, 17:15
Spain play the perfect game winning their second World Championship. The "Hispanos" earnt their garish nickname and proclaimed themselves champions of the World Championships from the moment they stepped on the pitch. Valero Rivera's work lead to a perfect performance, with Palau Sant Jordi devoted in their favour and the luck, success and stars of their side, the Hispanos left with everything they wanted. With a impeccable defensive display and until now an unknown attacking technique, Spain were unopposed.
From the off Valero Rivera gave Albert Rocas the title of right wing, Cañellas was acting in the centre of attack and Antonio García were the initial 7 with Albert Entrerríos. In defence Viran Morros entered for Julen Aguinadalde, selected on to play in attack. For Denmark, nothing notably different, Laugue, Mikkel Hansen and Sondergaard forming the back court, Toft Hansen in at pivot and the rapid Anders Eggert and Hans Lindberg on the wings.
The Hispanos, spurred on and reinforced by a spectacular atmosphere in the Palau Sant Jordi, completed a fantastic 3-0 partial in the opening minutes that shook the Danish coach to ask for a very early time-out. After the initial downpour, Denmark began to enter the match and with their refined tactics managed to bring themselves to within a goal of the hispanos midway through the first half.
Jannick Green after an Spanish goal
From the the fifteenth minute on, the 'Spanish fury' returned to the court. The home side began to give a masterclass in both attack and defence, where the work of central pairing of Viran and Gedeon was key in drying up the danish goal's with some incredible blocks. With Denmark's attack nullified and Sterbik making endless saves in the goal mouth, the game turned in favour of Valero Rivera's men. The spanish inflicted a spectacular partial of 7-0 (16-9, min. 27) ensuring a surprise result by the end of the first half, all finished by a goal from Julen Aguinagalde with which Spain achieved a maximum advantage of eight goals (18-10).
In a second half where a reaction from the Danes was expected, there was none. Spain returned to the court confident of being able to inflict more damage on a side which did not seem to have turned up. The Spaniards did not drop their guard for one moment and kept growing in confidence as their solid defensive set up and ruthlessness on the counter attack lead to a partial of 6-0. The Spanish side unbelievably held an advantage of over eighteen goals at the mid way point in the second half and the match descended into a party. Goalkeeper Sterbik earns huge praise after an incredible performance and with a farewell to the captain of the national side " Rock and Roll" Alberto Entrerrios, who returned to the side to help them with a world championship on home soil and earn a place in the All Starhan team of the tournament.
THE FACT: A partial of 7-0 at the end of the first half tilted the match in Spain's favour, bringing them to the break with the score at 18-10.
THE HISTORICAL FACT: After this win, Spain has become the team to win by the biggest margin in a World Championship final (+16). Until now, this honour belonged to Sweden, who won the 1958 final against Czechoslovakia by 10 goals (22-12).
- Top Scorer: Joan Cañellas (Spain, 7 goals)