Brazil outclass Slovenia to play for 17th place

08 Dec. 2019

Brazil outclass Slovenia to play for 17th place

The third out of four President’s Cup matches in Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium today was an intercontinental clash between Slovenia and Brazil. In a one-sided match, which was dominated by Brazil from the beginning, the South American team claimed a commanding victory and a spot in the 17/18 placement match.

Tomorrow, Brazil will meet the winner of the all-African encounter between Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal. 

Slovenia vs Brazil 19:32 (9:18)

Today was just not Slovenia’s day. Too many simple mistakes led to easy goals for Brazil and a 5-0 run in the first five and a half minutes caused Slovenia head coach Uros Bregar to take an early team time-out. At first, it seemed the team might be able to find their rhythm as Slovenia’s top scorer Tjasa Stanko scored twice within one minute right after the time-out. However, it took Slovenia 10 minutes until they could score the next goal – meanwhile, Brazil had increased their lead to seven (10:3). 

Slovenia fought and tried to come back, but Brazil were the more focused team today. They scored goal by goal and took a nine-goal lead into half-time (18:9). 

After a rocky start and another 5-0 run for Brazil, Slovenia found their rhythm and reduced the gap to eight goals in minute 47, which, in turn, resulted in a time-out on the side of Brazil. This time-out showed immediate effect as Brazil went on a 6-0 run and then further increased the lead to 15 (32:17). Even though Slovenia scored two more goals in one minute, in the end, Brazil, including goalkeeper Barbara Arenhart, who also contributed largely to the success with a 42% save rate, were too strong.  

Both Larissa Araujo and Tamires Araujo top-scored for Brazil with six goals each (Larissa at 100%, Tamires at 86%), followed by Slovenia’s top scorer Ana Gros with five. 

hummel Player of the Match: Larissa Araujo (BRA) 

Photo: JHA/Sports Event