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Qatar to face Australia in handball quarterfinal

In-form hosts get the better of Spain in their last league match to remain unbeaten in Group B.
Qatars Mohamed Mutasem Jumps To Score Against Spain In Their Beach Handball Group B Game.
Qatar’s Mohamed Mutasem jumps to score against Spain in their beach handball Group B game. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

Qatar’s handball team raised hopes of a strong finish at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games after storming through their group with an all-win record. The home side, which topped Group B with 10 points, will face Australia, fourth in Group A, in the quarterfinal on Monday.

QUARTERFINALS

  • Denmark vs Spain
  • Brazils vs Croatia
  • Sweden vs Hungary
  • Australia vs Qatar

In their last group game, five-time Asian champions Qatar defeated Spain 17-16, 20-10 to maintain their strong run, having already booked their quarterfinal spot on Saturday.

Hungary and Croatia (six points each), Spain (four), Tunisia and Uruguay (two each) were placed behind the hosts in the group.
Denmark (10 points) topped Group A with an unbeaten record, with Brazil (eight), Sweden (six), Australia (four), USA (two) and Oman (0) following in that order.

In other quarterfinal matches, Denmark will face off against Spain, Sweden will meet Hungary and reigning world champions Brazil will take on Croatia.

The Brazil-Croatia match will be a repeat of the 2018 World Championship final in Russia, won by the former.

Qatar had created two huge upsets on the opening day, beating Croatia and third-placed Hungary via shootout. They then had relatively easier outings against Uruguay and Tunisia with both games ending in regular time.

If the home side can continue to harness the energy generated by hundreds of screaming fans, they stand a good chance of progressing far in the tournament.

RESULTS

Group A Group B 
Brazil bt Oman20-12, 19-12Qatar bt Croatia16-21, 17-16, 9-6
Sweden bt Australia22-11, 28-8Hungary bt Tunisia20-12, 18-12
Denmark bt USA27-22, 19-14Spain bt Uruguay18-14, 20-17
Denmark bt Australia21-20 23-16Qatar bt Hungary18-20, 18-14, 7-4
Brazil bt USA22-17, 24-20Croatia bt Uruguay21-16, 18-16
Sweden bt Oman16-14, 16-14Spain bt Tunisia18-12, 14-12
USA bt Oman20-15, 16-12Qatar bt Uruguay19-18, 22-18
Denmark bt Sweden25-20, 19-12Hungary bt Spain21-20, 19-16
Brazil bt Australia27-9, 20-12Croatia bt Tunisia22-18, 16-14
Sweden bt USA23-18, 19-18Qatar bt Tunisia18-12, 18-14
Denmark bt Brazil23-21, 19-16Croatia bt Spain28-31, 20-18, 9-8
Australia bt Oman18-19, 20-14, 7-6Uruguay bt Hungary20-19, 14-15, 7-6
Brazil bt Sweden26-20, 16-12Qatar bt Spain17-16, 20-10
Denmark bt Oman16-14, 17-16Hungary bt Croatia21-18, 28-22
Australia bt USA30-26, 18-28, 9-8Tunisia bt Uruguay12-16, 14-12, 7-6