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Date: 8/10/2018

The opening Round 3 match for 2018 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship Group A saw Germany power to a clear victory over Slovakia, thereby taking their points tally to six after three wins in three games. Romania became the first team to defeat hosts Poland in the second game of the day for Group A, also moving up to six points on the table.


The final Round 3 match in Hall Legionow saw a big celebration from Austria, who claimed their first set of two points with a three-goal win after a thrilling 60 minutes against Angola. 


Group A: Germany vs Slovakia 27:19 (12:7)


Germany continued their rampage through Group A at Poland 2018, controlling the entire game against Slovakia to maintain their perfect record of only victories. The Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2017 champions led through the entire game, with Dana Bleckmann scoring the first goal and Germany’s advantage continuing to increase as the clock ticked on.


Slovakia had put on two strong performances prior to the game against Germany, though they lost both their previous encounters – by one goal to Romania and three to Poland. Slovakia were highly competitive in those two matches, but they could not challenge Germany, who played efficient attack and could rely on a solid game from goalkeeper Laura Waldenmaier (44% save rate). At half-time, it seemed the two points were already decided, and Germany only tightened their hold on the game as the second period progressed.


Players of the match:
Germany: Laetitia Quist
Slovakia: Zuzana Trepacova

Group A: Romania vs Poland 28:19 (13:10)


Romania showed their strength with a dominant victory over Poland, which ended the hosts’ winning run through the World Championship, leaving them on four points while Romania joined Germany on top of the table. It was a positive game all round for Romania, demonstrating the depth of their squad and highlighting stand-out individual talents such as goalkeeper Diana Cristiana Ciuca. The keeper left the court in the second half with a 45% save rate, and was replaced by the equally reliable Andreea Biana Chetraru (42.8%).


Poland goalkeeper Marta Chodakowska also put on a great show, coming in during the first period to face penalties and saving the first three against her. At the end of the first half, her save rate from the seven-metre line stood at 60%. At first her saves helped keep Poland within reach, with Romania in front 7:5 at the end of the first quarter, but by half-time, the momentum was clearly behind the match winners.


10 minutes into the second period, Romania hit a 10-goal lead, 20:10, off a fast break from Iuliana Daniela Marin. At that stage, it was already clear that Romania were on their way to victory, and all Poland could do was try to keep the deficit as low as possible.


Players of the match:
Romania: Andreea Rebeca Tarsoaga
Poland: Marta Chodakowska

Group A: Austria vs Angola 23:20 (12:11)


Round 3 ended with an exciting match that saw the score level all the way through to the dying minutes. Both sides took their turn in the lead, and both sides took their turn creating a distance of a few goals in their favour that teased them with the potential for a comfortable advantage. But when one team pulled ahead, the other would always fight back to level the score.


In the first period, Austria won the battle between the posts, as goalkeeper Lena Ivancok saved at 35%, while Angola’s Beatriz Diana Masseu led the scoring race with six goals in the opening 30 minutes. After a level score of 14:14 when Angola keeper Ligia Alexandra Ferreira saved a penalty in the 40th minute, the African championship bronze medallists pulled away to a three-goal advantage, 18:15 in the 46th. However, Austria tightened their defence and came fighting back with the help of some great saves from Ivancok, and as the last six minutes began the European side drew level at 20:20.


Nothing was decided until Lilly Fehringer struck two times in a row, taking Austria to a 23:20 lead with just under 90 seconds on the clock and securing the win.


Players of the match:
Austria: Lilly Fehringer
Angola: Beatriz Diana Masseu