National handball team of Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Czech Republic 24-23 in the sixth round of the 2020 European Men’s Handball Championship qualifying Group 5, thus securing the country’s first-ever participation in a major continental tournament.
The match in Ostrava was an even affair with neither side leading by more than two goals during the game, and Bilal Suman’s men won the match thanks to Ivan Karacic’s goal 40 seconds from time.
Both teams eventually booked their tickets to the EHF EURO 2020. Actually, three teams - Belarus, Czech Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina - finished the Group 5 with eight points each, meaning that head-to-head record was used to decide the final positions.
Czech Republic are group winners thanks to the best goal difference, followed by Belarus and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the best third-ranked team of all eight groups.
The 2020 EHF European Men’s Handball Championship will be the first that will feature 24 teams, and the first that will be co-hosted by three countries, Austria, Norway and Sweden, from January 10-26, 2020.
EHF has already confirmed the pots for the EURO 2020 draw, which will be as follows:
Pot 1: Spain, Sweden, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, France
Pot 2: Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Russia
Pot 3: Austria, Portugal, Belarus, Iceland, Latvia, Montenegro
Pot 4: Switzerland, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Netherlands, Ukraine.
The draw will be held at the Erste Bank Campus in Vienna on June 28.