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Angola edge Qatar out in a tight finish

Angola edge Qatar out in a tight finish

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In what turned out to be a case of so near, yet so far, Qatar were pipped by Angola 24-23 in their close and exciting Group D opening match of the 26th IHF World Men’s Handball Championship at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Friday.
Angola won the first half 12-8 and Qatar bounced back to win the second 15-12, yet were beaten at the clock to end up on the losing side with a goal difference of one goal.
The 2015 runners-up, Qatar were served well by their top stars Rafael Capote, who scored 13 goals, and Frankis Marzo, who scored 12. For Angola, Rome Hebo scored the most 16 goals while Gabriel Teca scored 11.
Qatar will now take on Egypt in their next match on Sunday. Argentina, Hungary and Sweden are the other teams in the group.
Earlier, co-hosts Denmark followed Germany’s example, recording a commanding win in their opening Group C match on Thursday night.
After Germany defeated the unified team of Korea by 11 goals in the first Group A game, Denmark took an even bigger victory, with a final score of 39:16.
The match took place after a welcoming address from Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, to open Denmark’s hosting of the World
Championship.
‘Joint Korean team
part of a jigsaw”
Meanwhile, South Korea’s ambassador in Germany, Jong Bum Goo, said the appearance of a joint Korean handball team at the world championships was another part of a jigsaw in their reconciliation efforts.
Speaking about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Jong told Thursday’s edition of Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung that “he envisions a big picture, and this here is a jigsaw. We are putting a part into this picture. But I can’t foresee where exactly that piece will be put.”
The handball worlds in Germany and Denmark run until January 27.

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