It is only this Sunday, after the second leg of the 1st qualifying round, which will be held in Switzerland, that Portugal will know how the road to the World Cup in Sweden and Poland is going, scheduled for January 2023, in the Multiusos de Guimarães, won their Swiss counterpart, by 33-26, in the first leg.
On the same stage where it began to draw the history of affirmation on the international handball scene, beating six-time world champions France in 2019, the national team had conductor Rui Silva to open the count in the first moments, soon followed by the successful attack of André Schmid, the biggest star of the Swiss who plays in the Bundesliga, reduced thanks to André Gomes and António Areia (from 7 meters), curiously, both more assertive among the Portuguese until the break, whose Heróis dos Mar achieved victory by three goals (15-12), after having been in front several times by four.
The Swiss, who made use of the 7×6 system, widely used by Portugal in this path of international affirmation, reduced the disadvantage, but never questioned the Portuguese leadership, despite sometimes prodigal in technical failures in attack .
Gustavo Capdeville continued to lock the goal until he reached 15 saves from the 40 shots he faced in the second half, in which Victor Iturriza was excellent in achieving this – he totaled 8 goals in as many attempts. Paulo Jorge Pereira’s men took the lead to eight (32-24), saw the advantage narrow, but head to Winterthur on Sunday with a win in the bag and a little closer to moving into 2nd dam where they are expected by the Netherlands.