Helped by the results from the group, the national team led by Xavier Pascual qualified, but played a poor game away from Germany, from Gummersbach, where they met Ukraine in the last stage of the preliminaries.
The tricolors were led almost the entire match, with a few exceptions at the end of the first half, which they finished with a one-goal advantage.
In the second half, the Ukrainians, more efficient and with a more inspired goal, led with 6 goals (28-22), finally winning 31-26.
In the other match of the group, Austria defeated the Faroe Islands and assured Romania the tickets for the European Championship in Germany, from January next year, in a group in which the teams ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th each had 4 points. the tricolors being advantaged by the goal difference.
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