Women’s teams on the fourth day of the European Beach Handball Championships in Stare Jabłonki 2019 completed the main phase and the quarterfinals. None of the teams that won the medal two years ago (Norway, Poland, Spain) in Zagreb will make it again.
Croatia defeated Poland (2:0), securing the first place in their group. The Dutch have the same amount of points, but due to worse set difference, they are lower in the table. Norwegians with 6 points have finished this round in the third place with 6 points. The last team, that guaranteed themselves a spot in the quarterfinals is Hungary. They advanced thanks to points scored in the previous phase of the tournament. Portugal and Poland will play for places 9-16.
Promotion: Croatia, Netherlands, Norway, Hungary
Spain, first in this group, is the only undefeated team in the tournament after beating Denmark (2:1). Greece, Ukraine and Germany scored 4 points each in the main round. The latter had the worst situation, when it comes to sets in the direct rivalry between those teams and consequently, didn’t advance. Italy also did not manage to reach quarterfinals.
Promotion: Spain, Denmark, Grecce, Ukraine
Turkey won for the third time in the row, this time against Macedonia (2:0) and finished first in their group. Switzerland was victorious in two matches and also secured their spot in cross matches for places 9-16.
Both France and Russia won their matches and secured their spots in the fight for places 9-16. Slovenia and Romania will play in cross matches for places 17-20 with Cyprus and North Macedonia.
Promotion to places 9-16: Turkey, Switzerland, France, Russia
Denmark – Norway 2:0
Surprising decisions in the quarterfinals! The Norwegians succumbed to Dunks after exciting shoot-outs (2:1). Denmark team from the beginning of the tournament showed that they are strong and proved this in a match against the title’s defenders.
Spain – Hungary 1:2
Team from the Iberian Peninsula have suffered their first defeat in the tournament at the worst possible time. It seemed that after a high win in the second set, they would not allow the Hungarians for many in shoot-outs. These, however, proved that they are strong and defeated bronze medalists from 2017.
Netherlands – Greece 2:1
The Greek women after a quare match turned out to be worse than Dutch (1:2). Both teams dominated the sets they won. Shoot-outs, in which the Dutch team won, were the most exciting moment of the whole game.
Croatia – Ukraine 2:0
Ukrainians, not taking advantage of thier opportunities in the endings of sets, lost in the shortest quarter-final with Croats (0:2). Teams played a goal for a goals through the entire game, but the representation from the Balkans made it better when it came to the last seconds, thanks to which they secured a semi-final.
Semi-final pairs: Croatia – Denmark, Hungary – Netherlands
All results can be seen here -> https://bit.ly/2J6JfB7