AFP - France's team handball, private Nikola Karabatic (knee) and Michael Guigou (inguinal hernia), was upset (28-30) against a team from Slovakia aggressive Thursday in Limoges, for the first two warm-up matches for the Euro-2012 in Serbia.
The "Experts", who met six months after their successful tour in Argentina, home to a nation who never managed to beat 13 matches. Number 13 which has brought bad luck this time.
Their reunion began with a bitter struggle, where the French, which began with Omeyer in goal, Fernandez, brothers Gille, Abalo, Barachet and Honrubia, were the most aggressive in the image of Bertrand Gille quickly scooping an exclusion Temporary.
The beginning of the match allowed Omeyer to highlight with five saves in five minutes against opponents who were better than resist. "All selections facing the France team does not want to be martyred," had warned before the game coach Claude Onesta.
Just like Miroslav Volentics and Michal Kopco, efficient, Slovaks took the lead and stayed for five minutes and returned to the locker room tied (14-14) face Tricolores including Honrubia was the top scorer at the break ( 4 goals).
With a team redesigned and Karaboué in goal, the team of France was under the law of the Slovaks, who led the brand through the fire to 9 meters Hruscak. Obliged to engage in a chase, she appeared to inaccurate shooting, the image of Fernandez or even Honrubia or Joli, who stumbled over the shooting at 7 yards.
The return of Omeyer in him renewed hope and goals, if she came back to the point, the guard Stochl, teammate of several players in Montpellier, stood a bulwark often impassable.
The atmosphere became more tense, the French opted for an individual defense, but nothing worked, Slovaks entering the final points and could celebrate their success.
The France team will try to take revenge against the same team on Saturday in Boulazac (18.00), on the outskirts of Périgueux. (AFP)