The Portuguese team of handball qualified today, 14 years later, for the finals of the European championship, which will take place in 2020, by winning Romania by 24-19 in Bucharest.
In the meeting of the fifth day of group 6 of the second qualifying round, the formation of the 'quinas', who lost 12-1 at the interval, added up the points that guaranteed him at least the second place in the grouping and the consequent direct qualification .
Portugal, which had missed the last six final stages, had not been present since 2006, when it was 15th among 16 teams. Before, it was 12th and last in the first edition, which it organized, seventh in 2000, ninth in 2002 and 14th in 2004.
The final phase of the European Championship included 12 national teams from 1994 to 2000, with 16 from 2002 to 2018 and 24 from the 2020 edition in Austria, Norway and Sweden from 9 to 26 January.