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Date: 8/9/2018
 

The first Round 3 clash for Group B at the 2018 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship sees Hungary hoping to take their third win when they meet Croatia in the feature match of the day. Denmark also aim to add a third victory to their record, as they take on Egypt.

 

In the final game of the day, Sweden look to record their first win at Poland 2018 when they take the court against Chile.


All Group B matches will be played in Hall Legionow, Kielce and live streamed here.

 

Feature match Group B: Hungary vs Croatia – Friday August 10, 10:00 local time

 

Following a seven-goal loss to Denmark in Round 1, Croatia celebrated their first win at Poland 2018 against Egypt on Wednesday. Croatia had to work hard early on but finished the game against the African side with a seven-goal win. In Round 3 however, Croatia face a more difficult challenge, as they take on the Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2017 bronze medallists Hungary.

 

“It’s a very important victory, because our mental state is our biggest problem. We don’t believe in ourselves, because we don’t have huge experience. We played at the European Championship last year, but we have changed nine players since then. Lot of players are new, they are born in 2001 and they still need to learn a lot. We are trying to do our best and gain confidence. It’s not easy,” said Croatia coach Goran Bobic after the Round 2 win. “We are happy because of the victory, especially since Egypt played much better than yesterday [in Round 1]. The girls must enjoy the game, like the official hashtag says, because this is what it’s all about.”

 

Hungary have had a strong campaign so far at Hungary 2018, defeating Sweden by five goals in their first match before taking a dominant victory over Chile in Round 2.

 

“We had to play hard in defence and run a lot. It was the task for this match,” said Hungary assistant coach Peter Woth after the game versus Chile. “I think we were a team. We did everything well and because of that we have this result.”

 

After the rest day for Group B and 60 minutes against Chile where coach Beata Bohus was able to rotate extensively through her bench, Hungary will arrive for the game against Croatia fresh – and ready to play with their full power. Though Hungary beat Sweden comfortably in the Round 1 clash, even that match did not seem to require all their strength, and they appear to have the odds in their favour as they take the court against Croatia.

 

Group B: Denmark vs Egypt – Friday August 10, 12:00 local time

 

Egypt have had a difficult campaign so far at Poland 2018, losing both of their matches with clear margins. They will now face possibly their toughest opponent so far, as Denmark have collected two wins thanks to dominant performances that have established the Scandinavian side as one of the favourites to win the group.

 

Although Egypt visibly improved their game in Round 2, anything other than a victory for Denmark will be a significant upset.

 

Group B: Sweden vs Chile – Friday August 10, 14:00 local time

 

Chile started their Poland 2018 campaign with an historic victory, which was their first ever in the preliminary round at the IHF Women’s Youth World Championship. The Pan American team followed that positive result with a challenging game versus Hungary, which saw a decisive deficit against them at the final whistle.

 

Considering Sweden lost to Hungary by five goals – a far lesser margin than Chile’s result – it appears the European side will have little trouble taking their first victory at Poland 2018 from this Round 3 encounter.

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