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Date: 8/13/2017

All four of Group C’s eighth-final tickets are still to be decided ahead of Round 4 at the 2017 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship, when Argentina meet Korea, Brazil face Croatia and Poland play Portugal.

All Group C matches will be played in Olympic Palace B, Tblisi on Sunday August 13. 

Group C: Argentina vs Republic of Korea 16:00 local time

As the only team in Group C with three straight losses, Argentina are looking to be in a perilous situation when it comes to the eighth-final places. Republic of Korea are in a more favourable position on four points after two wins, against Brazil and Croatia.

The group remains open with no team safely through to the eighth-finals, which means Argentina can still hope to book a place in the next stage – but they must win their remaining two preliminary matches to do so. 

Considering Korea gained their points through wins against Men’s 18 EHF EURO 2016 runners-up Croatia and versus Brazil, the latter of which beat Argentina in the previous round, it seems they will be a difficult opponent for the Pan American champions – but Argentina are known for fighting through the most difficult tests and could pull off a surprise. 

Group C: Brazil vs Croatia 18:00 local time

Both Brazil and Croatia claimed their first victories in Round 3, with Brazil defeating their pan American rivals Argentina and Croatia beating Poland. Croatia are ahead of Brazil on the table thanks to a Round 1 draw against Portugal that puts their tally on three points, while Brazil had recorded only losses prior to the win against Argentina and sit on two. 

While both teams were naturally disappointed with their results prior to their third matches at Georgia 2017, Croatia were perhaps more so considering they entered the tournament as Men’s 18 EHF EURO 2016 silver medallists and therefore strong favourites to claim a medal. But after the slow start at Georgia 2017, Croatia appear to have found their form and can now be expected to improve their game through the last matches of the preliminary round. 

Brazil will be a good physical match for Croatia, but are likely to face a significant challenge in the European side. 

Group C: Poland vs Portugal 20:00 local time

The Round 4 encounter between Poland and Portugal is something of a top-of-the-table clash – and a surprising one.  

Portugal currently lead the group with five points after two wins and one draw, having opened with a 30:30 match against European runners-up Croatia, defeated Argentina 30:28, then recorded the first victory in the group over Republic of Korea (33:24). As Portugal travelled to Georgia for what is their debut IHF Men’s Youth World Championship, their results are remarkable. 

Poland’s record so far can also be considered very strong given how they entered the tournament. The team did not qualify for Georgia 2017 as they placed 13th at the continental event, the Men’s 18 EHF EURO 2016, but secured a berth at the World Championship as replacements for Venezuela. 

They began with a 26:22 win versus Argentina and beat Brazil 29:25, before suffering their first defeat in Round 3 at the hands of Croatia. It appears they will prove a strong opponent for Portugal and an exciting game can be expected in the battle for the crucial two points.