The Spanish national side, with seven Barça players, and Sweden, with two more, started off their respective Olympic campaigns with victories
Jernemyr and Sjöstrand's Sweden beat Tunisia by 28 to 21
Víctor Tomás, Rocas, Entrerríos, Sarmiento, Gurbindo, Viran Morros and Aguirrezabalaga led Spain to victory over Serbia in spectacular fashion (26-21)
The nine Barça Intersport players all claimed victory in their Olympic debuts. The Spanish national team, with seven Azulgranas, made a second-half comeback and took the match against Serbia by two goals. With Maqueda and the Azulgranas Dani Sarmiento and Víctor Tomás as the highest scorers for Spain, the team managed by Valero Rivera made a good start to their Olympic campaign.
Aguirrezabalaga’s contribution and goals from Albert Roca (3), Entrerríos (2), Sarmiento (4), Tomás (4), Gurbindo (1) and Viran Morros (1) pushed Spain to its first victory in Group B against the second-place team of the recent Euro championship. Sweeden, with Jernemyr and Sjöstrand, comfortably beat Tunisia by 28 to 21.
Slow start for Spain
Serbia’s defensive strength was enough to push Spain of its stride in the first half. In addition, Spain were unable to stop Stankovic and Stanic’s goalscoring form. However, the Azulgrana players did well to keep their team in the match. Spain were within striking distance of Serbia with the scoreboard reflecting 10-14 at the end of the first half.
The Spain defence notably improved in the second half and the team slowly but surely crept closer to their opponents. The Barça player, Viran Morros, evened up the score at 18 apiece, and with little time left on the clock Spain took the lead to secure a well-earned victory. Spain’s next match will be on July 31st against Denmark.
Sweden brush Tunisia aside
The Swedish national side, on the other hand, had little trouble claiming victory in its Olympic debut. The Europeans swept Tunisia aside with a final score of 28 to 21. The Azulgrana keeper Johan Sjöstrand was in goal and he performed brilliantly.
Magnus Jernemyr, on the other hand, overcame his stomach issues before the match and was on the court to command the Swedish defence. The Azulgrana gave an assist and recovered the ball in the rout of Tunisia. Great Britain will be Sweden’s next opponent.