Group B, Nis
Japan – China 33:27 (16:12)
Topscorers: Fuji 10, Ishitate 7; Zhao 6, Wang 4, Li 4
Knowing that Brazil, Denmark and Serbia are on a normal day more superior to China and Japan, this match has been on high importance to each Asian nation to decide about the group`s fourth spot.
Therefore, the more favored Japanese started better and quickly established a 2-3 goals lead, however China fought back hard, this resulted in a Japanese time out and after 20 minutes the game was open again.
The one minute intermission gave Japan extra power and Masamichi Kuriyama`s daughters moved on from 11:10 to 15:11 within minutes. Key player for the clear lead after 30 minutes was Shio Fuji who scored from both, back court and 7 m.
In the second half, the Japanese domination continued and China was unable to turn the match, they only came as close as four goals.
At the end Japan won well-deservedly and made a big step to reach the Top16.