Macedonia seemed to not have problems against Japan, which plays with enormous speed in attack, but they had problems with the big Macedonian line-players in their defense. Head coach Gonzalez made his Macedonian team play almost the entire match with two line-players and seven field-players, without a goalkeeper. Japan operated with fast breaks, but this was not enough against a better opponent.
Japan – Macedonia 29 – 38 (13- 18)
Referees: Horacek, Novotny (CZE)
Topscorers: Jin Watanabe (JPN) 5 goals and Kiril Lazarov(MKD) 8 goals
Suspensions:6 minutes/8 minutes
7 meters: -; 5/4
Angola made trouble for Qatar, with a compact and strong defense and a good goalkeeper performance, Qatar had no chance in the first half. In the dying minutes Qatar managed to fight back, took the lead 23-22, but Angola equalized and after a save from their goalkeeper they scored the winning goal on a fastbreak just seconds before the final whistle.
Angola – Qatar 24 – 23 (12 – 8)
Referees: Fonseca, Santos (POR)
Topscorers: Rome Hebo (ANG) 7 goals and Allaedin Berrached (QAT) 6 goals
Suspensions: 12 minutes; 8 minutes
7 meters: 4/3; 5/4