World Championship 2017 France

Slovenia to the semifinals

photo: J.U.Crosnier
Slovenia to the semifinals
Ibolya Szekeres

The third quarterfinal of the day brought the encounter between Slovenia and the only non-European team in the first eight, Qatar.

Slovenia eliminated Russia in the eight finals as Qatar sent home the European Champions from Germany.

Slovenia has a young, fresh team with Veselin Vujovic on the bench, meanwhile Qatar came to France with Valero Rivera as head coach and Daniel Saric in the goal. Both teams has several players injured, Bombac for Slovenia and Markovic, Stojanovic for Qatar.

The first half showed that Slovenia hat a better control on this game, and after Marguc and company established a secure lead, they never let it go and won the first half 18-15.  The second part continued with fast Slovenian play, they increased the lead to 21-16 in five minutes and the score was 29-2o at the middle of the second half. Qatar made an impressive last quarter scoring for 31-24  and finishing 32-30. Slovenia was led by Jure Dolenec, Gasper Marguc and Matej Gaber, best players for Qatar were  Bertrand Roine and Raffael Capote. Slovenia will meet France in the semifinal.

Final result:

Slovenia –  Qatar 32 – 30 ( 18 – 15)

Topscorers: Gasper Marguc (SLO) 6 goals and Bertrand Roine (QAT) 8 goals

Best player of the match: Jure Dolenec (SLO)

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World Championship 2017 France
Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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