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Date: 8/10/2018
 

Group C at the 2018 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship enters its third and potentially decisive matchday with Norway taking on Argentina, Russia playing Japan and China facing the Netherlands in the evening game.

All Group C matches will be played at the 1,000-capacity Politechnika Sports Hall, Kielce University of Technology, and live streamed HERE.

IHF delegate and referee nominations for all games can be found HERE.

Preliminary Group C: Friday 10 August 2018
All times local

Featured match: Russia vs Japan 18:00hrs
A win for Russia in this match will put them up to six points in group C with just two games remaining and an eighth-final spot to look forward to after they won both of their previous games clearly.

With 75 goals, the Russians lie second in the top-scoring charts behind Korea after two matchdays at Poland 2018 but a strong defence - which has seen them concede just 31 goals (second, behind France on 28) - backs up the other end of the court to complete a full package of threats for the title holders.

Japan will feel positive going into the match after picking up their first win at Poland 2018, against Argentina yesterday and after a narrow defeat to Netherlands in their opening match they could pose more of a threat than the Russians expect.

"We need to analyse and improve because we have to face Japan," said Russia's head coach Liubov Sidoricheva after their win against China yesterday. "They are a team very similar to China when we consider their handball style - we definitely have to boost our defence."

Norway vs Argentina 16:00hrs
A much better performance from Argentina in their second match at Poland 2018, against Japan will have repaired the scars of a heavy opening-day defeat against Russia, while Norway will look to make it two wins from two as they recover from a tiring win over Netherlands yesterday.

In two games so far, Norway have conceded 50 goals putting them in the bottom half defences at Poland and their coach Knut Ove Joa will be looking to tighten those defensive gaps to provide a simple, more relaxed path to victory against the South Americans.

China vs Netherlands 20:00hrs
A disappointing nine-goal loss against the Norwegians could affect the Dutch side going into the clash against China in the final game of the day at the Politechnika Hall after their opening day 33:30 win over Japan.

With two top-scorers in the top 10 so far - Nikita Van Der Vliet (18) and Britt Van Der Baan (13) - the Dutch are not short of firepower against a China side withe fourth-worst defensive record at the competition (68 goals conceded).

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