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Women’s World Championship Serbia 2013, Day 13, Knockout Round: Schedule

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QUARTER-FINAL

Wednesday, 17 December:

Belgrade (Belgrade Arena):

17:30 Brasil BRA vs. HUN Hungary

The Hungarian national team qualified for the quarter finals of the World Championship in Serbia on Monday. The Hungarian girls, supported by their fans defeated Spain 28:21 (17:12) and will play against the winner of the match Brazil – Netherlands. The fact that the last deuce was seen in the 12th minute (7:7) shows enough about the quality of the team of head coach Hajdu, and in the continuation of the match everything was dependent upon the Hungarian team. The Great game of the backs Gerbic and Zacik brought +5 to Hungary by the end of the first halftime. – 17:12.
The Spanish girls did not surrender.  The third team in the world, managed to return to the match with a series of 4:0 Agilar and Pene (19:17), followed by another Hungarian attack right when they needed t, in the last ten minutes. With a great defense the winners of today’s match stopped the Spanish attackers for ten minutes (49 to 59th) and with goals by Zacik, Kovacic and Gerbic the uncertainty of the result was brought to an end few minutes before the end of the match – 27:20…
The most efficient in the Hungarian team were Gerbic with six, Zacik with five and Bognar with four goals, whereas Marta Lopez gave seven goals for Spain…
The Brazilian national team qualified in the quarter finals and and had once again the same success from the last World Championship where they were hosts. In the first match in the “Kombank Arena”, there was not any uncertainty in the duel with the South American Champions and the Netherlands 29:23 (16:14). The Brazilian girls showed once again that they are a great national team full of potentian, with the sixth match in Serbia. After Serbia and Denmark, the Netherlands were also defeated, which eased up in the second halftime.
The Netherlands team opened the match with goals by Grot and Abing. After 15 minutes, the Netherlands had an advantage for the last time – 9:7. The time-out of Brazilian head coach Morten Soubaka, initiated a great game for his girls, that had a great defense until the end of the match. With a great defense, the middle back player “Karioka”Ana Rodrigez had a series of goals after the deuce – 11:11, leaving for the halftime with +2 , 16:14.
The Dutch team runned out of good attacks in the continuation, but the Brazilian team could not really be proud of the game in the second halftime. Brazil led 23:17, the Netherlands came back on 24:21 in the 48th minute for the last time in the match.
Piedade and Rocha gave their team a great advantage – 27:22 four minutes before the end of the match

 

 

Wednesday, 17 December:

Novi Sad (Arena Spens):

17:30 Poland POL  vs. FRA  France

 

The Polish national team qualified in the quarter finals of the World Championship with a victory against Romania 31:29 (13:17). With a great advantage turnover in the second half time, the team led by Danish Kim Rasmusen, arrived to a historic victory, with the possibility to have the greatest success so far on the World Championships – fifth place, also conquered in Belgrade in 1973!
In the first half time and after the first part of the continuation, it was not possible to predict that the Romanian team would lose the match. Romania was leading with the great Cristina Neagu (10) in the 47th minute (26:22), followed by a great Polish finish, that did not allow the rivals for any goals. The series 6:0 contributed to the turnover and great celebration for the team that was wishing for such a success…
The Polish team in the quarter finale will play against France.
The French national team was the second quarter finalist of the World Championship in Serbia. In the first match in the “Kombank Arena”the current multiple World Champions defeated Japan 27:19 (12:9). This victory made them closer to the fight for the medal, the players of head coach Alain Porta arrived to the last phase of the match with a great defense game, when the Japanese team unsuccessfully tried to find a way to the goal of Amandine Leynaud for 17 minutes, and ended with 70% defense.
The Asians were leading in the 41st minute (17:15) after which there was a French series of 10:0 for a convincing end of match…
The most efficient in the winning team were Kamto Njitam with five, Zaadi and Pineau with four goals each. In the defeated team Fuji and Arihama stood out with five goals

 

Wednesday, 17 December:

Belgrade (Belgrade Arena):

20:15 Serbia SRB vs. NOR Norway

The Serbian national team qualified for the quarter finals with a goal by Jelena Eric in the last second of the match against Korea 28:27 (13:12) in front of 12000 spectators with great atmosphere in the “Kombank Arena”. The host team had great support by the stands, they were in lead during the whole match, however the Asian Champions arrived to a deuce 22 seconds before the end, the last decisive attack led to a celebration in Belgrade.

The great start of the back players Lekic – Damnjanovic – Popovic, was rewarded with the lead for Serbia, 10:6 in the 21st minute, but the Korean players managed to get back in the match to a goal difference by the end of the last half time. The furious start of the second half time allowed for a +6 by Dragana Cvijic to the Serbian team 21:12, but the persistent Asians did not have the intention to give up. They came back to the match in the 57th minute (25:25), revived the hope that they could surprise the host in front of their fans, but luck was on the Serbian side…

The most efficient in the Serbian team were Lekic with eight, Damnjanovic and Popovic with six, whereas Jung scored eight goals in the defeated team.

The Norwegian national team qualified in the quarter finals of the World Championship in Serbia, as expected. The current World and Olympic Champions, did not have a problem breaking the defense of the Czechs 31:21 (19:10). Except the initial lead of the Czech team, during the whole match in the Novi Sad „SPENS“, the great players of Toriro Hergeirson were dominating. Since the goal for the deuce of Lin Suland 3:3, the Norwegian players took control over the match. Nora Mork with the help from Heidi Loke and great tonigh, goalie, Solberg (13 saves) were the biggest threats for the rival.
Until the halftime, the advantage was nine goals. The Norwegian girls did not stop there. They started the second halftime with a series of 4:0, and on the result 23:10 in the 36th minute, it was clear who would end the day in Novi Sad with a triumph.

Wednesday, 17 December:

Novi Sad (Arena Spens):

20:15 Denmark DEN  vs. GER Germany

In the most interesting match of the eight-finals, the European Champions, the Montenegrin national team, will not continue their collection of medals started in London last year. This time the “Kombank Arena” did not bring luck to the Montenegrin handball players they were eliminated in the eight finals by the Danish national team 22:21 (11:12). In one of the best matches so far in the Championship, the Danish team surprised one of the most favorite team for the top, led by the great goalie Cecile Greve (15 saves), and in offence by the young Katharina Louise Burgaard, that scored some of the most important goals in the very end of the match.
The left-handed Danish player scored three of the last four goals of her team, whereas the Montenegrin team did not have a player of that level in the end of the duel. The goals by Burgaard allowed Denmark for an advantage to 22:20. The most efficient in the winning team, Katarina Bulatovic (6) reduced it to 22:21. The Danish team had the last attack of the match, but the Montenegrin team got their hands on the ball only 15 seconds before the end of the match.
Fortunately for the girls lead by Jana Pitlika, the shot from Bulatovic ended in the net of Greve after the last whistle.
Denmark will play against Germany in Novi Sad in the fight for the semifinals.
The German national team continued to play in a very good shape on the World Championship in Serbia. After five victories in the preliminary phase, the German team continues to excel in the Novi Sad “SPENS”, earning the sixth victory – easily and convincingly against Angola 29:21 (13:10). The African Champions were an even rival in the first half time for the players of Heine Hansen, whereas in the second half time the German quality took over.
Angola threatened with a lead 6:4 during the middle of the first part of the match, but that was it from the fourth team in the Group C in Zrenjanin. Until the end of the first half time the German girls, lead by the best shooter of the competition so far, Susan Muller (5) and Laura Steinbach (6) turned over the result in their favor – 13:10.
The key moment in breaking the Angolan resistance was the start of the second half time. The German team, with a series of 4:1 made an advantage of +6 (17:11) only few minutes after the continuation, and the Angolan girls did not manage to decrease the difference in points…
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