In the first Preliminary Round II, Australia beat the top-eight nation Montenegro thrillingly by 2 goals, with a final score of 13-11 after penalties. The lead changed twice with Montenegro forcing the shootout, which the Aussie Sharks converted 4-2 to book a clash with Hungary.
Greece was next across the line with an 11-9 margin over the United States of America after the match was tied at one, four, six, seven and eight by the final break. Greece held it together, going 10-8 ahead and onto the win, gaining a clash with Italy in the quarters.
Spain had to play relentlessly to shake Japan off its back at halftime, winning the second half 10-3 to advance to a matchup with Olympic champion Serbia. Spain won 15-9 and Japan suffered through a bleeding nose of Keigo Okawa, which made a difference to the attack. Japan will face Montenegro in the round 9-12.
Germany grasped the final berth and a clash with world champion Croatia, thanks to a 25-5 march over South Africa with Luuk Gielen netting a game-high six goals.
In the round 13-16 semifinals, Kazakhstan blitzed host nation Korea 17-4 with Miras Aubakirov netting four. Brazil fought off New Zealand 12-8 and will now meet Kazakhstan for the classification 12-13th, and Korea and New Zealand will play for 15th.
Schedule for Monday, 23 July (KST)
|15-16th place||8:00||Korea – New Zealand|
|13-14th place||9:30||Brazil – Kazakhstan|
|Semifinals 9-12th place||11:00||Montenegro – Japan|
|12:30||United States – South Africa|
|Quarterfinals||14:00||Serbia – Spain|
|15:30||Croatia – Germany|
|17:00||Hungary – Australia|
|18:30||Italy – Greece|