Handballers celebrate historic win

Switzerland's Severin Brüngger (facing) tussles with his Hungarian opponent Keystone

Switzerland's handball team have qualified for the European Championships for the first time ever, following the narrowest of victories in their qualifying match against Hungary.

This content was published on June 10, 2001 - 20:01

After winning last weekend's home leg in Aarau by a single goal, Arno Ehret's men lost their away game in Nyiregyhaza by exactly the same margin, only to go through on the away goals rule.

Sunday's glorious defeat ensured Switzerland's first qualification for a major tournament since the 1996 Olympics. But the team had to labour until the very end before the celebrations could begin.

Trailing by three goals at halftime, Switzerland finally grabbed the decisive goal through captain Robbie Kostadinovich with just five seconds remaining.

The finals of the European Championships are to be held in Sweden next year.

swissinfo with agencies

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