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Date: 7/11/2018
 

The final day of Hungary 2018 at Hodos Hall sees a Korea vs Denmark quarter-final and three 9-16 Placement Round matches.

All games can be watched live and free HERE.

Feature Match: Korea vs Denmark (Hodos Hall) Quarter-Final – 20:45 hrs 
The final match of the day at Hodos Hall - and the final match of Hungary 2018 for the second venue sees an interesting match-up between one of the nations known for their fast-pace and 7 vs 6 play in Korea and one who are, literally, quickly learning the high-paced and action-packed style.

As usual, Korea are the highest-ranked women's team at a world championship and find themselves as the only non-European team left with a chance of winning the championship.

In their five-goal (28:23) win against Montenegro in the eighth-final yesterday, Korea were not tested too much and found themselves comfortably going through to the last eight teams having led since the third minute.

All eyes may be on their main threat Hyseoo Song, who sits in the top ten of Hungary 2018 goalscorers with 34 goals, but she is backed up by Darae Shin (30 goals) in an attack which leads the Hungary 2018 charts in scoring and attempts from the wings (44 goals).

The Danes - buoyed on by a large and vocal support who have driven down to Hungary from Denmark - have been an example of how to see out games and not panic when behind, winning all five group games and their eighth-final, against Germany yesterday.

Like their Preliminary Round match against Netherlands, they beat Germany 25:24, but the Germans made them fight all the way until the last second and only when a free-throw routine failed with two seconds left did Heine Mogensen's team confirm their place in the last eight.

With 33 goals, Emma Friis is the main attacking threat for Denmark, while Amalie Milling in goal is making, on average, just under 11 saves per match.

This generation of players managed to avoid each other at the 2016 IHF Women's Youth World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia with Denmark finishing with a silver medal and Korea with bronze.

In 2018, one will go home without a medal, while the other could replicate, or even better, their result two years ago.

Slovenia vs Montenegro (Hodos Hall) 15/16 Place – 14:00 hrs
For Slovenia, if they lose and finish 16th it will be their worst-ever ranking, having gained 13th, 15th and 14th place on the three occasions they have participated in a junior world championship previously.

The Slovenians were easily-beaten by host nation Hungary in their eighth-final, 31:17, but it was a game of two halves – the first half saw the scores nearly level (12:10), before Hungary restricted Slovenia to just seven second half goals.

Montenegro were always playing catch-up with Korea in their eighth-final, eventually losing 28:23. Unable to cope with their pace, they will be happy to play more familiar opposition as they aim to end the tournament on a positive note.

Japan vs Germany (Hodos Hall) 13/14 Place – 16:15 hrs
Whatever happens in this one it will be Germany’s worst-ever ranking at this world championship level. Their worst performance was 10th, back in 1993. If Japan can win, then it will be their best ranking since 10th spot, back in 2010.

Germany find themselves in the 13/14 Placement after they lost a three-goal half-lead against Denmark in their eighth-final, to just do enough to squeeze their opponents out, 25:24, while Japan ensured France knew they had been in a fight, losing by just four goals 29:25.

If Japan win, it will be their best result and ranking since 2010, when they finished 10th.

Croatia vs Iceland (Hodos Hall) 9/10 Place – 18:30 hrs
Croatia have finished between 8-11th for the past four editions of the IHF Women’s Junior World Championship, while for Iceland it is already their best-ever ranking after picking up 18th spot in 1999 and 13th in 2008.

Unfortunately, Croatia simply did not perform in their eighth-final as they had in previous matches, getting outplayed by Romania 28:25 – while Iceland learnt a hard lesson against Norway, losing 35:30, but will hope to have enough gas in the engine to see off the Croatian threat.

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