In the 1/8 finals, handball players from South Korea beat the Japanese 36:30.

It was a fascinating match of the two best Asian teams. The Koreans in preliminary group were unbeaten, the Japanese finished competition i group stage at  fourth place but in the 1/8 finals of the tournament the difference wasn’t visible.

Korea started this match better, they quickly attacked their opponents. . After less than four minutes, Koreans scored four goals, and then their lead systematically grew. The Japanese often withdrew the goalkeeper, and in her place there was an additional player in the field. The Koreans, however, managed very well in the defense of six out of seven and often scored easy goals among others, thanks to throws throughout the whole field  on an empty goal.

Six minutes before the end of the first half, the girls from Japan were losing ten goals and it seemed that they wouldn’t be able to make up for the losses. They, however, played very consistently and even before the break managed to reduce losses to five points.

The second half was definitely more even, the Koreans began to get lost, while  the Japanese found the rhythm, and they were losing by only two goals twenty minutes before the end. Then the race with time began. time. In the end, however, the handballers from Korea were more effective and finally  won 36:30.

KOREA – JAPAN 36:30 (20:15)

Korea: Yeo, Lee – Choi, Jeong Y., Yeong J., Park, Son, Jo 1, Lee D. 2, Kim 6, Oh 6, Kim J. 1, Kim H., Park S. 10, Yun 5, Woo 5

Japan: Sakaki, Kakizoe – Hashiguchi, Tsujino 1, Abe 7, Ito 5, Hattori, Yasuda, Okada 5, Hirano 1, Tanifuji 5, Kurebayashi 4, Emoto, Ujimura, Moriya 1, Ueda 1

Aneta Szypnicka, photo credit: PRESSFOCUS/ZPRP