I expect Spain to win in handicap.
Macedonian national team had lot of problems in front of this European Championship. Of course, the biggest blow was the injury of Naumce Mojsovski, the key playmaker in the national team. Mojsovski tore a ligament and outside collateral meniscus in his knee playing for his team Metalurg Skopje. He will be sidelined for a longer period and will miss the whole EURO 2014. Mojsovski is the type of player who will hardly be find an adequate replacement.
But there are more. The left-back Filip Lazarov got also an injury. The coach Obrvan has no player on that position and tried to call Rade Stojanovic, but he refuses to play for Macedonian national team after some misunderstandings in the past.
The problems continued in Denmark. Macedonia somehow managed to secure the second stage, but then lost both games. They were defeated by Hungary with 25:31 and by Iceland with 27:29. But after the match with Iceland, Branislav Angelovski acused the coach Obrvan for making worng changes during the match. After that Obrvan told the press that Angelovski is no longer part of this selection and will miss the match with Spain. It is important to be mentioned that Angelovski’s absence is a handicap for Macedonia. He played well so far and scored lot of important goals.
But there are injury worries for coach Obrvan too. The key player Kire Lazarov is suffering a knee injury. He missed the last training and is doubtful for this match. But not only his. The goalkeeper Borko Ristovski is also injured, as well as Dejan Pecakovski, Ace Jonovski and Filip Mirkulovski. They all missed the last training.
Spain are the actual World Champions. The quality is on their side, the motivation too. Spain need the victory in order to secure the semi-final.
This is the fourth mutual game between Spain and Macedonia. Spain have three wins on the previous three matches. Just look the results:
07.04.2013. Spain – Macedonia 29:17 03.04.2013. Macedonia – Spain 17:24 03.06.1998. Spain – Macedonia 26:19
I believe Spain will win and I also believe they will cover the handicap.