These days the XXI. IHF Junior U 20 World Championship is organized in Debrecen, Hungary, and after the group matches sixteen teams had qualified to the eighth-finals: Chile, Egypt, Paraguay, Portugal, Angola, Spain, Brazil, Russia, Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Montenegro, South-Korea, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, France, Japan, Germany.
In the quarterfinals Hungary defeated Romania ( 31-26), Norway surprisingly managed to win against France (27-26) after extra times, meanwhile, South Korea unexpectedly defeated Denmark (24-26) and Russia got the victory in front of Netherlands (28-26).
Today was the day of the semifinals, and the second semifinal where the hosts played had a fully crowded Főnix Hall where 8500 spectators were supporting their teams.
Russia – Norway 23 – 30 (12 – 14)
Topscorers: Tazhenova 6, Maslova 5 (RUS) and Reistad 7, Ellertsen 6 (NOR)
Hungary – South Korea 30 – 25 (14 – 11)
Topscorers: Hafra 7, Klujber 6 (HUN) and Kim 8 (KOR)
The placements matches for 5-6. and 7-8. places will be played tomorrow before the bronze match and the final.
Russia – South-Korea – 17.30
Hungary – Norway – 20.00