Beach Handball World Championships in Oman: Day 1
By staff - Mon Jul 09, 9:53 am
Brazil and Norway with a perfect start
Perfect start for defending champions: Brazil and Norway beat their competitors at the first day of the V Beach Handball World Championships in Oman. The boys from South America won their opening match against host Oman with a clear 2:0. In their second match against Bahrain the “Selecao” had to beat a hard defence in second half. Bahrain could keep the game open for a long time. But finally the defending champion was successful also in the second period against Bahrain.
The first match from the Norwegian girls against Thailand was visited by a lot of spectators on the main court. It was a clearly decision. Norway was too strong for the team from Asia. But Poland was also not good enough to stop the title holder in their second match. The Scandinavians won also this match with 2:0 too and are unbeaten after the first day.
Other favourites are also in a good shape at the beginning of the tournament. The men team from the Ukraine started with two victories: Against Bahrain in the first and Australia in the second match. So the east European team take the lead at group A together with Brazil after the first day. Russia won clearly with 2:0 against Australia but this good opening was followed by a 1:2 against host Oman after shoot out in second match.
The situation in group B is the following: 2008 world champion Croatia was surprised at their first match. The beach boys from Qatar defeated the former champion after shoot out. Egypt won with 2:1 against Qatar and took the lead in group B together with Spain. Both got the full four points after two matches.
The favourites dominated in the woman’s tournament on the first match day. Croatia won both matches against China 2:0 and Uruguay after shoot out 2:1. Denmark took the lead in group A with two victories against Australia and China. In group B we found after first match day three teams with four points. Hungary, Norway and Brazil are in front together – all teams won both matches.