Main round of the Championship: favorite show impressive performance01:20, 27.07.2018
Main round of the Championship: favorite show impressive performance

The Beach Handball World Championship goes on, and on Thursday the main round began for 24 teams. But the first day showed who the favorites are and who will work hard for the place in the playoff.

 In the group I of the men’s tournament teams Spain and Croatia showed what they are made of winning all matches. The reigning world champions from Croatia beat Vietnam and Hungary (both matches 2-0), and Spain smashed the opponents from Iran and Uruguay (2-0, 2-0). The both team scored 8 points and will play on Friday the match for the first place in the group. Hungary and Iran, which scored 4 points, also qualified for the playoffs but will play for the third place. Vietnam and Uruguay (0 points) are already out of the medal race. The team standings in the group I and the match schedule are available via this link: https://handballrussia2018.com/schedule/

 Sweden tops the group II as they continue their winning streak. This time the Scandinavian team overplayed Oman and Denmark with the score 2-0 and secured the first place in the group.

 The second leader of the group was the Team Russia, which won both its matches in the penalty shoot-out getting 6 points after all. But if in the match against Denmark the shoot-out score was 6:7, in the match between Russia and Iran it went further and further finally stopping at 15:14 in favor of the hosts. The stars of the match were Anton Zabolotskiy and Eugeniy Svestula who made impressive and decisive saves.

 The Team Brazil came back strong from the setback at the Preliminary rounds. On Wednesday the team beat Oman and Qatar with the equal score 2-0. The fight for the places at the playoffs is getting more and more furious in the group II – nobody from the teams has lost the chances to make it to the knockout stage so far. The team standings in the group I and the match schedule are available via this link: https://handballrussia2018.com/schedule/

 In the women’s tournament the Team Spain heads the Group I by winning the matches against Uruguay and Chinese Taipei with the score 2-0. Now la Furia Roja has 8 points. On Friday the team will play with Poland for the first place in the group. The Polish team lost the first match at this Championship to Paraguay (2-1) but due to the victory over Greece (2-0) and a nice result at the Preliminary round it keeps chances to finish first at the Group I. The rest of the teams in the group – Greece (4 points), Paraguay (2 points), Uruguay (2 points) and Chinese Taipei (2 points) will decide their destinies tomorrow.
The team standings in the group I and the match schedule are available via this link: https://handballrussia2018.com/schedule/?SEX=W

 Brazil leads the Group II by winning the matches with Vietnam (2-1) and Denmark (2-0) and getting 8 points. The team Russia showed a wonderful performance today. The team of the coached Vitaly Volynchenko and Evgeny Zotin defeated Denmark (2-0) and later smashed the reigning European Champions team Norway (2-0).

 Team Thailand is the only one which lost the chances to advance to the playoffs. The ranking of the other teams – Brazil (8 points), Russia (6 points), Norway (6 points), Denmark (2 points), Vietnam (2 points) will be decided on Friday.

 The team standings in the group I and the match schedule are available via this link: https://handballrussia2018.com/schedule/?SEX=W

Тext: Artem Lisovsky
Photo: IHF/Stéphane Pillaud


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