KRAKOW – The Serbia men’s national handball team lost to Poland 29-28 (14-15) in the European Championship Group A Round 1 in Krakow late Friday.

Poland’s Kamil Syprzak, left, Michal Daszek, right, and Serbian’s Zarko Sesum, center, in action, during their Men's European Handball Championship Preliminary Round Group A match  in Krakow, Poland, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Poland’s Kamil Syprzak, left, Michal Daszek, right, and Serbian’s Zarko Sesum, center, in action, during their Men’s European Handball Championship Preliminary Round Group A match in Krakow, Poland, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

In front of 15,000 Polish supporters, Serbia head coach Dejan Peric’s men played an even game against the hosts, who eventually prevailed in a thrilling finish to chalk up a win at the start of the tournament.

Serbia will next play France on Sunday.