24/01/2018

What teams need for a semi-final berth

ROAD MAP: Four teams are still in with a chance for progressing to the semi-finals from Group II, while three others are fighting for the second semi-final berth in Group I

Croatia and Sweden are both among the teams chasing the semi-final berths. Photo: Uros Hocevar.

The current playing system of the EHF EURO provides the fans to witness the sheer excitement that comes with the uncertainty of the two qualified teams for the semi-finals. It will all go down to the wire, with the berths being decided only after the final whistle of the last game in the Group I, which will feature Croatia against France.

In Group II, the last game, between Germany and Spain, will be the decider, as either Slovenia or the Czech Republic, who are facing off in the first game, could proceed if the two powerhouses draw.

GROUP I

France – through to the semi-finals if:

  • They do not lose to Croatia
  • They lose against Croatia AND Sweden do not win against Norway
  • They lose against Croatia by a maximum of seven goals, if Sweden win against Norway
  • They lose against Croatia by eight goals AND Sweden win against Norway, provided that they finish with a higher number of goals scored than Sweden (currently on 52) in the internal ranking of three teams with eight points (France, Croatia, Sweden)

Croatia – through to the semi-finals if:

  • They win against France AND Sweden do not win against Norway
  • They draw against France AND Sweden lose against Norway
  • They win against France by three goals AND Sweden win against Norway
  • They win against France by at least two goals AND Sweden win against Norway, provided that they finish with a higher number of goals scored than Sweden (currently on 52) in the internal ranking on three teams with two points (France, Croatia, Sweden)
  • They win against France by exactly 21:19 AND Sweden win against Norway, provided that they finish with a higher overall goal difference than Sweden*
  • They lose against France AND Norway win against Sweden by exactly four goals, provided that they finish with the higher number of goals scored (currently at 63) than Sweden and Norway in the internal ranking of three teams with six points (Croatia, Sweden, Norway)

Sweden – through to the semi-finals if:

  • They win against Norway AND Croatia fail to win against France
  • They win against Norway AND Croatia beat France by eight goals, provided that they finish with a higher number of goals scored than France in the internal ranking of three teams with eight points (France, Croatia, Sweden)
  • They win against Norway and Croatia beat France by at least nine goals
  • They draw against Norway AND Croatia fail to win against France
  • They lose against Norway by a maximum of three goals AND Croatia lose against France
  • They lose against Norway by four goals AND Croatia lose against France, provided that they finish with the highest number of goals scored (currently at 63) than Croatia and Norway in the internal ranking on three teams with two points (Croatia, Sweden, Norway)

Norway – through to the semi-finals if:

  • They win against Sweden by at least five goals AND Croatia lose against France

Serbia and Belarus are out

GROUP II

Denmark through to the semi-finals.

Spain– through to the semi-finals if:

  • They win against Germany
  • They draw against Germany AND Slovenia and Czech Republic draw

Germany – through to the semi-finals if:

  • They win against Spain

Czech Republic– through to the semi-finals if:

  • They win against Slovenia AND Germany and Spain draw

Slovenia - through to the semi-finals if:

  • They win against the Czech Republic AND Germany and Spain draw AND FYR Macedonia do not win against Denmark

 FYR Macedonia out

*If Croatia beat France 21:19 and Sweden beat Norway 30:28 there will be a draw determining the second semi-finalist, as the two teams will have the same number of points in a three-way tie, the same goal difference, number of goals scored and number of goals received.

written by Adrian Costeiu / br