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Date: 8/10/2018
 

While Hungary and Denmark look to extend their winning runs in Round 4 of the 2018 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship preliminary round, Croatia and Sweden are ready for a crucial battle for points towards the Group B ranking.

 

All Group B matches will be played in Hall Legionow and live streamed here.

 

Feature match Group B: Croatia vs Sweden – Saturday August 11, 20:00 local time           

 

This clash looks to be a crucial one when it comes to the final ranking in Group B, as the teams enter Round 4 equal on two points each. As Chile also take two points into Round 4, there is some pressure on the European teams on their path to the eighth-finals. Considering the sides’ previous results, it appears this clash could be a thrilling one that reflects what is at stake.

 

Sweden collected their first points in Round 3 when they beat Chile by 12 goals, after having been defeated by both Hungary and Denmark. The Round 1 match versus Hungary saw a five-goal deficit against Sweden, 24:29, while the Scandinavian derby ended with a nine-goal difference in favour of Denmark (23:32).

 

“We played very quickly today, just like in the last two games. We like to play this way very much. In addition, we were very calm today. It allowed us to play our style – very fast handball,” said Sweden coach Niklas Harris after the match versus Chile. “We will do everything to be in the best eight of the tournament.”

 

Croatia’s two points came from the Round 2 game versus Egypt, which ended 31:24 in favour of the European team. They lost their opening encounter versus Denmark, 21:28, and were also defeated in Round 3, 21:27 against Hungary.

 

“We made several mistakes in the game. I think that we can be satisfied, but not completely. We played a very strong team, which is one of the best in this tournament,” said Croatia coach Goran Bobic after the game versus Hungary. “This match was a chance for us to learn and improve our skills. We have learned a lot, but we have to work a lot, be a stronger team and start to believe in our own abilities. After a few adjustments to our game, I hope that we will start to play at such a level as Spain, Hungary or Denmark.”

 

The score lines in the matches against the opponents both sides have faced are not so different, hinting that this will be a close game to decide a precious set of two points. The squads have not met in an official match before, but Sweden placed ninth at the Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2017 ahead of Croatia in 13th.

 

Group B: Denmark vs Chile – Saturday August 11, 16:00 local time

 

If Chile manage a victory in this match against the side that finished sixth at the European championship for this age category last summer, it will be a significant upset. The Pan American team (two points) improve every time they step on the court, but it seems unlikely they will be strong enough to defeat Denmark.

 

If Denmark take the expected victory, they will move up to eight points on the table.

 

Group B: Egypt vs Hungary – Saturday August 11, 18:00 local time

 

Like Denmark, Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2017 bronze medallists Hungary look set to record their fourth win from four matches at Poland 2018 when they take the court on Saturday. Hungary have taken three clear wins that indicate they are certainly one of the strongest sides in Group B, and will be ready for a top-of-the-table clash against Denmark after this game.

 

African champions Egypt have recorded only losses so far and will face a challenging 60 minutes against the European side.

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