In the most interesting match of the day, Spain defeated Australia by two goals (11:9). Hungary beat Brazil (14:10). Italy trashed Canada (18:6). China also defeated convincingly its opponent. The Chinese qualified for the quarterfinals with a victory over South Africa (13:5).
Hungary, Spain, Italy and China joined the teams of the USA, the Netherlands, Russia and Greece, which secured their spots in the quarterfinals yesterday, as the group-winners.
Schedule for 13 September
United States – Italy
Netherlands – China
Russia – Hungary
Greece – Spain
Classification 9th – 12th place, semifinals: Australia – South Africa, Brazil – Canada.
For 13th place: Japan –New Zealand.
For 15th place: Kazakhstan – Portugal.
World Women’s U20 Championships, Day 4
Hungary – Brazil 14:10 (3:2, 4:3, 4:3, 3:2)
The Hungarians controlled the match, but Brazil managed to keep up with the favourites for quite a while. The teams were tied at 5:5 in the 14th minute, before Hungary produced a 3:0 rush and jumped to an 8:5 lead. That proved vital for the outcome, as the Hungarians managed to keep the advantage in the remaining time and even to extend the margin of their win to 4 (14:10).
Australia – Spain 9:11 (1:3, 1:3, 3:2, 4:3)
Spain dominated from the beginning and earned a 7:2 lead early in the third quarter. By the middle of the period, Australia cut the deficit to 2 (5:7), but Spain responded with three straight goals and built a new 5-goal advantage (10:5) midway through the last quarter. After that, the “Aussies” couldn’t come back.
Italy – Canada 18:6 (3:2, 7:3, 6:1, 2:0)
The Canadians had an opening 1:0 and 2:1 lead. It took a few minutes before the Italians found their rhythm, but when they took control the match turned into the scoring festival. At halftime, Italy had a 10:5 advantage. In the second half, the Italians scored 8 goals while they conceded just one and cruised to an 18:6 victory.
South Africa – China 5:13 (2:1, 0:2, 1:8, 2:2)
China needed a lot of time to secure a win over South Africa, which earned a 2:0 lead after just two and a half minutes of play. The Chinese its first goal scored just 22 seconds before the first break and continued the series with three goals. So, China was two goals ahead early in the third quarter (4:2). Everett broke the South Africans’ silence after 16:16 minutes with a goal for 3:4. Quickly after that, the Chinese finally took control and rushed to an 11:3 lead before the last break. Playing with no pressure in the last period, China maintained an 8-goal advantage.
Classification 13th-16th place, semifinals
Japan – Kazakhstan 19:5 (5:1, 5:2, 5:1, 4:1)
Portugal – New Zealand 3:18 (0:8, 0:2, 1:4, 2:4)