It is in the big matches, the biggest stars to show what they contain. Denmark match tonight against Norway is a gigantic battle. The Norwegian media call it the most important battle of Norway – on both the woman and herresiden – ever played an initial group stage at the finals.
Others call it a quarter-final, although that awaits both teams three games in the upcoming mellemrunde, which begins on Saturday.
But it is true that a victory tonight will mean a big step towards a semi-final. And all sorts of håndboldeksperter, millions of tv viewers in Norway and Denmark, as well as the 15,000 spectators in the completely sold out Boxen will in particular should keep an eye on the two big stars: Denmark's Mikkel Hansen and Norway's Sander Sagosen.
On a daily basis to play together in the French PSG, and put here the klubkammeraten Henrik Toft Hansen's word on what it is, the two stars mean.
- The two players that have drawn a great read for us the last six years. It is a Sander that has been going on playmakerpositionen and Mikkel at left-back. They have a big share in, that we have delivered such good results in the season. They complement each other well. It is difficult for the opponents to stop them. They create space for each other.
- these are two of the world's best håndboldspillere. It is not doubt about that. They have different core competencies. Mikkel has a crazy arm. He can score from all sorts of strange angles, and the Sander has a good fodskifte and is really able man against man. It is also why it is difficult to curb them when they play on teams together, " says Henrik Toft Hansen.
Here follows Ekstra assessment of the two stellar current form before it was in the Box.
Mikkel Hansen during a training session in Herning. Photo: Jens Dresling.
Sander Sagosen celebrates a goal during the WORLD cup match against Austria. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/Ritzau Scanpix.