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Date: 8/10/2018
 

Hungary opened Round 3 for 2018 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship Group B with their third victory, defeating Croatia and taking their tally to the maximum six points. The second match of the day saw Denmark join Hungary on six points, as they beat Egypt to record their third win.

 

Sweden wrapped up Round 3 for the group by collecting their first victory, beating a determined Chile team and thereby joining the Pan American side on two points. 


Group B: Hungary vs Croatia 27:21 (13:9)

 

Though it was Hungary who celebrated the victory at the final whistle, Croatia had a much better start to the opening match of the day in Hall Legionow. Croatia raced to a 5:1 advantage in the seventh minute, prompting Hungary coach Beata Bohus to call her first time-out, during which she clearly found the right words to inspire her side as they quickly found their rhythm after returning to the court.

 

Allowing Croatia only one goal in the next 13 minutes, Hungary turned the 1:5 deficit into a 10:6 advantage in the 20th. Croatia were left chasing their opponents through the rest of the match, but they were simply not as efficient as Hungary, missing more scoring opportunities. Croatia’s defence was effective in keeping the score line roughly the same throughout the game, until the final 10 minutes when Hungary powered to a more decisive advantage.

 

Players of the match:
Hungary: Natalie Schatzl
Croatia: Tina Barisic


Group B: Denmark vs Egypt 24:15 (11:10)


Denmark entered the game against Egypt as the firm favourites to collect the two points, but faced a tougher challenge than they might have expected in the first half, before dominating the second to collect their third straight win at Poland 2018. Egypt are improving their game every time they take the court, and played a solid first 30 minutes that kept them well in the game until half-time. 


After the score progressed one for one through most of the opening period, Denmark started to create an advantage towards half-time. A great shot from Rana Mohamed Rady Ahmed on a free throw taken after the buzzer reduced the score line back to one, but it was the last time the African side were within reach. 


Though they lost by nine in the end, Denmark’s tally of 24 goals at the final whistle was a reflection of Egypt’s hard-working defence and goalkeeper Farah Usama Abdelfatah Elshazly’s performance. The African champions had more difficulty at the other end of the court, scoring just five goals in the second half. 


"We have played very good handball in the last two games. Today was a bit worse, especially in the first half," said Denmark coach Flemming Dam Larsen. "I do not know why, because we were very confident, but Egypt surprised us. They played completely differently than we expected. We did not think it would be an easy match, but we wanted to play the fastest ball in the attack. In the end, we managed to build a nine-goal advantage."


Players of the match:
Denmark: Michala Moller
Egypt: Farah Usama Abdelfatah Elshazly


Group B: Sweden vs Chile 31:19 (17:13)

 

In what is their second IHF Women’s Youth World Championship participation, Chile’s long-term focus on developing their young players is reaping visible rewards. With nine players who were on court at the 2018 Junior World Championship in Hungary only weeks ago, the team’s confidence, individual skills and overall game are rapidly developing. This was evident when the match against Sweden began, as the Pan American side played a fast game with well-organised attacking plays led by centre back Francisca Parra, remaining competitive throughout the opening 30 minutes.

 

Chile even had the upper hand for a time, from around the 10th to the 20th minute, before Sweden took the lead. The Scandinavian side capitalises on balls lost in Chile’s offence to score counter attack goals that opened a gap before the break. In the second half, cracks began to show in Chile’s game as the team tired, and Sweden created a more comfortable advantage. Sweden hit a 10-goal lead in the 43rd minute, 24:14, at which point it was clear they would take the two points from the encounter. 



Players of the match:
Sweden: Isabelle Andersson
Chile: Pia Pacheco

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