Dutch handball team crowned world champions with a last minute goal

The Dutch handball team have been crowned the world champions with a last minute 30-29 win against Spain. The dramatic win secures them a spot at the 2020 Olympics held in Tokyo. 

The dramatic last-minute win

Abbingh secured the win when shooting her seventh goal in the last few seconds of the game. The elated Abbingh rejoices “I really did not think at all. I just grabbed the ball and did what I am good at. Now I am remembered as the one who brought the world title to the Netherlands with a goal in the final seconds. Even better than the other way around” NOS reports. 

Team mate, Tess Webster, praised Abbingh for her spectacular goal “Last year she did it at the European Championship against Spain in the last seconds and now again. I have so much respect for her.”

Estavana Polman, who was crowned player of the tournament, emphasised how hard her and her team battled for the win “We have fought so hard for this title and have always believed in each other. And now you have that golden slice. Wow, not normal. Very fierce. I have to let it sink.”

Many of the other players expressed their disbelief at their win but are thrilled to be heading to the Olympics.

Did you watch the game? Are you excited to watch them in the Olympics? Let us know in the comments below 

Image: Arvedui89/Wikipedia 

Freya Sawbridge
Freya Sawbridge
Freya was born in Edinburgh but raised in New Zealand (cue every person she meets saying “oh I have always wanted to go there but it’s so far away!”). A restless and curious nature has led her to move countries 5 times in the last 3 years in attempt to find a place she can call home. She contacted DutchReview on a whim and arrived in the Netherlands in summer 2019 to start her internship.


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