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Date: 8/15/2017

The 2017 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship President's Cup opens with Argentina playing Mexico, Brazil meeting Serbia, Bahrain taking on Algeria and the hosts facing Norway on the first day of placement round 17-24 matches.

The first round of President’s Cup matches will be played in Olympic Palace, Tblisi on August 16.

Argentina vs Mexico 9:30 local time

Argentina and Mexico meet for the first President’s Cup clash in Olympic Palace B with Argentina hoping to make up for their disappointing performance in the group phase with their first victory at Georgia 2017. As Pan American champions, Argentina entered the 2017 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship with higher expectations than to finish the preliminary round with only losses.

The team were unhappy to rank sixth in Group C, particularly considering their preliminary campaign included a defeat at the hands of the team they beat to claim the continental title only months before, Brazil (17:22).

Mexico on the other hand were not so shocked to end the group phase sixth on the Group D table, as their priority was to gain experience at Georgia 2017 – an event that marks both their debut IHF Men’s World Championship and the first World Championship in any age or gender that the nation participated in by way of a qualification tournament.

Argentina appear to be stronger but Mexico have shown visible improvement, so should be able to challenge their continental rivals to a good match.

Bahrain vs Algeria 9:30 (local time)

Both these teams went into their final preliminary round games with hopes of making it to the eighth-finals and both failed.

Bahrain, who have been on a downward spiral of results since their high point of beating Denmark 35:31 on the second matchday, will be hoping that they can salvage something from a competition that had promised so much.

That win against the Danes left them physically unable to contend with fellow placement round team Norway in their group and, ultimately, cost them a place in the eighth-finals as they played Sweden in their final group game knowing a win would mean a passage through.

Their opponents Algeria will look back to their opening day loss against hosts Georgia as the game which ultimately cost them their place in the last 16. Having arrived in Tbilisi just hours before the match, they came straight to the arena and were easily beaten by the hosts, who beat them in their only win of the competition.

A last-second win against Chile inspired the north African side to dream of the next round but a loss against the already-qualified Japanese put paid to any hopes of that.

Norway vs Georgia 11:45 (local time)

Both Norway and Georgia only had their fates of non-progression to the eighth-finals confirmed on the final preliminary group matchday but their capabilities have been shown in glimpses so far and both coaches will be hoping they can show what they are really made of in this morning clash.

Norway showed a strong defence and effective attack against Bahrain to easily win, but defeats against Sweden, France, Denmark and Egypt confirmed their placement round place.

Georgia took advantage of a tired Algeria to win their opening match but losses in their remaining four matches, including, at times, a chaotic and catastrophic defeat against Chile in their final match put paid to any romance in their home tournament.

That final match saw Georgia play a nervy first-half in a match which they could have won and now with the pressure off they will be keen to show Tbilisi what they can do.

Brazil vs Serbia 11:45 local time

Both Brazil and Serbia are disappointed to find themselves out of the running for an eighth-final place, though they played vastly different preliminary Round 5 matches after their fates were already sealed.

Brazil became the first team to beat undefeated Portugal when they won 27:26 in their last Group C encounter, while Serbia were beaten 27:37 by Tunisia and seemed to also lose some of the motivation they showed earlier in the competition.

Brazil were clearly motivated to finish their group phase with a win that would boost their morale, and they tallied four points as a result – the same as eighth-finalists Poland, who claimed the knock-out round ticket thanks to their victory in the direct encounter with Brazil.

If Serbia can find the mentality to boost their game ahead of the clash, a quality match can be expected, but if they do not Brazil will certainly have the upper hand.