After winning the silver last year, and comebackbeskeden from Kim Andersson and Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz has been built up high hopes on Sweden for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Denmark and Germany.
The first dress rehearsal, 29-18 victory against Russia in Jönköping, changed nothing at that point. With Andersson and Ekdahl Du Rietz back in the blue and yellow shirt stood in the handball team for an operation which promised well for the world CUP.
" I think it looks great. Above all backwards, we are pretty damn stable, " says Andersson.
" It is clear that we are showing that we are on the right path, that we prepare ourselves as good as possible in order to be able to be with and play for the medals.
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With the stars on the bench began in Sweden, however, a bit heavy, and after eight minutes led to Russia 5-3.
Then nailed the Swedish defence and goalkeeper Mikael Appelgren again.
the Team kept a clean sheet in just over 18 minutes, and at the same time to score a goal in every possible way at the other end of the pitch. It was the rapid counter-attacks, looking upprullningar, penalties from Niclas Ekberg. Yes, and with the goalkeeper Appelgren found the right when he from their own goal sent in a lyra in the empty Russian goal.
After ten Swedish objectives and spotless defense game had 3-5 become 13-5 – and the match was virtually settled already.
Rietz was on the pitch when the Sweden shrugged. Ekdahl Du Rietz was he happy after the comeback, where he got a good start with goals in his first attack on the pitch.
"It was nice to get the start," says 29-year-old.
" I've played a lot of handball and at a high level for many years, but it is nevertheless a unique situation. To get back to a national team that you left five years ago, and I've declined so many times and said that I should never come back.
Du Rietz was at the same time a little unsure how he would evaluate the run towards Russia.
"I don't know if we were so damn good, or if it was the russians who were not particularly good," he says.
the three objectives of the Du Rietz, while Kim Andersson had to settle with a direct hit in the final minutes. It was goal number 800 for the 36-year-old veteran, who in addition finished with to invite the packed arena on a really delicious assist to Simon Jeppsson.
"He has the look and the quality of the left hand which is fantastic and have seen jättevass out in the training sessions," says coach Kristján Andrésson.
He was happy with the stake in the first of two world CUP dress rehearsal.
– in terms of Results and with the many achievements I am extremely pleased. We are friendly episcopal, but should be humble and understand that the russians can do better than what they showed today.
Already on the Sunday evening meet the law again, then in Halmstad, sweden. Some launches since the world CUP in the group stage in Copenhagen against Egypt on Friday.