SPORTS

One step closer to playoffs for Worlds

The men’s national handball team, which moved a step closer to reaching next summer’s playoffs for a berth in the world championships with home and away victories against Turkey, now meets The Netherlands in two further encounters, tomorrow in Thessaloniki followed by an away game in Almere on Sunday. «We put feeling into our work and try to be close to our players and their needs, especially those who play club-level competition abroad,» said Greece coach Nikos Mantzos. «We’re now focusing on the two games with The Netherlands. We need to be particularly careful in the first game.»