GREAT Britain Men’s Head Coach Dragan Djukic heaped praise on Argentina’s handball team after seeing his side beaten 15-32 in their opening match of the Pinsent Masons’ London Handball Cup at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Thursday.
Djukic’s team defended well at times in the face of some world class attacking play by an Argentinian team tipped by some for a medal at this summer’s Olympic Games.
And in attack Great Britain’s Steven Larsson found the net four times, while Ciaran Williams added three. Ben Murray scored two on his international debut, and Chris Mohr also scored twice.
Argentina had 11 players on the scoresheet, with Juan Manuel Vazquez their top-scorer with six.
“This is the first time we’ve played against non-European teams who have already qualified for the Olympics, and they play amazing handball,” said Djukic afterwards. “I’m very happy that we have a chance to play against them now, because we must play them at the Olympics.
“Because we’ve had the experience to play them now, we will be better at the Olympics.
“We started both halves too cautiously, and we gave them too much respect. We went 0-7 down before we scored, and in the second half we scored once in 15 minutes.
In Thursday’s other match Tunisia won 30-25 after a close battle with South Korea.
Friday’s programme sees Korea take on Argentina at 1630, while Great Britain face Tunisia at 1900.
And on Saturday, Tunisia v Argentina starts at 1230, while Great Britain v Korea is at 1500.
Matches will be streamed live at www.britishhandball.com
* Photo: Michael Barnett.