a sensational result: World Championship host Brazil was absolute eager to win
the encounter for the fifth place, whilst defending champion Russia failed
miserably. Winning this game in an absolute clear way 20:36 Brazil
took their best ever result at World Championships. The only match they lost
was decisive, as it was the quarter-final against Spain, which meant the end of
the medal dream. But players and fans celebrated their final victory in this
home ground tournament.
Placement match 5/6:
Russia – Brazil 20:36 (11:18)
her 33rd birthday Chana Masson was highly motivated – and she thrilled her
team, which had a much bigger will to win compared to the defending champion.
The host of the World Championship was highly focused and besides Masson,
Alexandra Nascimento was the key to the clear lead at the break: She scored six
goals in the first half. Russia (without injured pivot Liudmila Bodnieva) was
unexpected weak in defence and did not show enough concentration and will in
attack. Only goalkeeper Anna Sedoykina stood strong and avoided an even clearer
backlog. After the 5:4 lead Brazil scored an impressive 9:3 series and was in
lead with seven goals for the first time at 14:7, as they were much more
efficient in attack. And after a short Russian catch-up chase they restored the
seven goals margin at the break.
the second half, Russia completely stopped playing: Thanks to brilliant Masson
and Nascimento, Brazil decided the match very early and really clashed Russia
in their worst performance at this World Championship. As the host fought for
every ball, Russia nearly missed every shot. It took only six minutes, when the
margin was already ten goals at 22:12 and ten minutes before the end the
Russian disaster was complete at a 14-goals gap. And after Chana Masson had
finalized her “shift in the goal” in the 52nd minute, the spectators
in the arena celebrated her with standing ovations. And in the end of the match
Masson additionally received a very special birthday gift – as she was awarded
best player of the match.
showed an absolute disappointing and uninspired performance – but despite this
result they still can hope to become host of one of the Olympic Qualification
Tournaments (25-27 May 2012). To reach this goal, they have to cross their
fingers for France. If France beat Norway in the final, Russia will be
organizer of this tournament.
after the match:
Trefilow, coach Russia: I have to thank the Brazilian organizers for this
tournament. About the match there is not much to say. The team which scores
more goals, wins, and Brazil was a strong opponent. I have to take the
responsibility for this defeat.
Soubak, coach Brazil: We are very glad and happy, as we reached the best result
ever at World Championships. We are satisfied, but we are also sad, that we
missed the semi-final. We could have finished better. But in my general balance
I am really satisfied: We made a great step and we showed that we have the
potential to be equal with the best teams of the world. This gives us
confidence for the Olympic Games. The spectators were great and really
supported us, and I was really impressed by the huge media interest we caused
Zhilinskayte, player Russia: It was a very bad day for us, as we were no team,
neither in attack, nor in defence. It seemed that every ball was falling from
Amorim, player Brazil: We played well from the first minute on and we gave no
chance to Russia, as we controlled the game for 60 minutes. I am really
satisfied with this victory.