On Friday morning we ended the preliminary round in junior competitions during YAC17 Beach Handball Euro 2019. At the afternoon the fight for semifinal started. In the best four there is only one place left.
Morning session (ending preliminary round)
Group A: The Ukrainians have completed the formalities with the victory over Switzerland, and thanks to the won over Bulgaria (2-0) the Poles have joined them in the fight for medals! The Swiss and Bulgarians will play in the consolation round.
UKR-SUI 2: 1
Group B: The Portuguese made quite a surprise by defeating the Dutch team, thanks to what after three games three teams had an equal number of points. Among the trio of Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany, the worst set of the sets had the last ones, so they (together with the Lithuanians) fell out of the game for medals.
Group C: Hungarians, according to the plan, won the third match in a row. The defender of the title – Spaniards – also secured tickerts to the next round by their victory over Slovakia. A surprise is the lack of promotion for France.
Group D: Already on Thursday Croatia have secured their promotion. The team that would join them was to be known on Friday after the Russian-Romanian clash. After a very exciting duel and shoot-outs, Romanians turned out to be better.
RUS-ROU 1: 2
Afternoon session (beginning of the main and consolation round)
Group 1 (main round)
Even before Saturday everything is clear in Group 1: the Dutch and the Hungarians have won two matches and they will compete for the victory in the group. Without points and without promotion remain Ukraine and Romania. These teams will play for places 5-8.
Group 2 (main round)
Two victors give the Spaniards – title defenders – almost sure participation in the semi-final of the championships. For the place in the best four of the Old Continent will compete also the Croats and the Portuguese. A more difficult task is facing the Portuguese, who would have to overcome their neighbors from the Iberian Peninsula. Unfortunately, the worst in this group was Poland.
Groups 3 and 4 (consolation groups)
Groups III and IV are playing for places 9-15. Germans (two victories) perform best in the first one. There are Swiss and Russians, who tomorrow will play for the second place in the group, assuming the victory of Germany over Slovakia, that remains without points.
In Group IV two defeats were recorded by Bulgaria and their tammers – Lithuania and France – will fight for places 9-12.
On Saturday semi-finals will be played along with further matches in order to set the final classification of the remaining teams.