Croatia got through the preliminary round of Euro 2020 Handball with ease. They defeated Montenegro, Belarus, and Serbia by an average of 5.5 goals. Now the real tournament starts in Vienna where Croatia will open up the Main Round Thursday at 12:15PM (ET) against co-hosts Austria. A victory over the Austrians will see the Croatian handball team get one foot in the door on their way to the semifinals.
The top two teams from the Main Round earn semifinal berths. Croatia will only play Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, and Germany in the round as they already defeated Belarus 31-23.
Croatia fell short on home soil two years at Euro 2018 when they finished fifth and followed that up with a sixth place finish at the 2019 Handball World Championships. It’s been awhile since the Croatians played in a semifinal match. A good showing against Austria will boost their confidence going into the final matches of Euro 2020 and the eventual Olympic tournament this summer.