Poland have qualified for a semi-finals in the European Handball Championships for the first time in their history.
On court in the Olympiahalle in Innsbruck the last match developed really quickly, with goal after goal and end to end action.
Spectators witnessed a match within a match as Karol Bielecki and Filip Jicha competed to see who could score the most goals in the opening quarter of the game.
The result was equal until the 27th minute when Michal Jurecki scored twice in a row taking the score to 18:16. But then Poland had three opportunities to increase the difference when their goalkeeper Piotr Wyszomirski saved two shots but Poland failed to capitalise.
The Czechs have showed great stamina throughout the tournament and punished the Pole´s unsuccessful attacks with two goals and equalized minute before the end of the half.
Bogdan Wenta took a time-out but his players missed another attack that Jan Sobol punished with a quick counter attack and took Czech into the break with a 19:18 lead.
It seemed that the turning point in the match would be when Slawomir Szmal started to perform well between the posts in the last 20 minutes of the match.
Poland managed to take a three goal lead but once again allowed the Czechs back into the game. And they even managed to take the lead in the 54th minute - all the goals were scored on the counter-attacks and the best scorer of the tournament , Jicha, was not even playing at that time.
The last two minutes were thrilling, Jurecki scored just a minute before the end of match, Vrany scored again at the other end 34 seconds before the final whistle but the Czechs ran out of time and failed to ruin the Polish celebrations.