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Surprising Angola beats Qatar, Macedonia defeats Japan easily

Surprising Angola beats Qatar, Macedonia defeats Japan easily
Ibolya Szekeres

Group A

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

Group D

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

 

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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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