BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain beat Denmark 35-19 on Sunday to claim its second handball world championship title.
Spain dominated the final before its home fans, with its defense triggering a counterattack that overran Denmark. Center back Joan Canellas paced Spain by making seven of eight shots to become the game's top scorer. Valero Rivera added six more goals, and Julen Aguinagalde and Jorge Maqueda each got five.
Goalkeeper Arpad Sterbik also contributed for the champions, making 14 saves to spark its attack on the break. Spain never trailed and was ahead 18-10 by halftime. Its 8-0 run near the start of the second half put the result beyond doubt.
"This is incredible, not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a final like this," Spain player Victor Tomas said. "We weren't nervous at all and everything went perfectly, absolutely everything. Sterbik was unbelievable. The team deserved this."
Spain's first world championship came in 2005. Denmark lost its third final, after also finishing runner-up in 1967 and 2011. No Denmark player scored more than four goals as the side lost 18 balls to Spain's 10.
Denmark had entered Sunday's final as the only undefeated team in the tournament.