Semi-finalists decided in Tbilisi, Georgia as main round is completed
European Youth Olympic Festival reaches knock-out phase
Europe’s top under 17 men’s and women’s national teams take a well-earned break in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on Thursday as the European Youth Olympic Festival reached the knock-out stages.
Eight men’s and eight women's teams are playing in the handball competition, which runs from 27 July to 1 August 2015.
Germany, Norway, Hungary and Denmark played in Group A of the men’s competition, whilst France, Slovenia, Switzerland and host nation Georgia were in Group B.
In the women’s competition it was Denmark, Norway, Germany and Montenegro in Group A and Russia, Czech Republic, Romania and Georgia in Group B.
Defending champions make the semis
In the men’s competition, Germany were top in Group A but failed to take maximum points, drawing 27:27 against second-placed team, Norway.
In Group B the defending champions from EYOF 2013, Slovenia, were defeated only by the group winners France, who top the table with maximum points.
Semi-finals will be played on Friday, 31 July as Germany take on Slovenia (18:00 hrs local time) and France play Norway (20:15 hrs local time).
Maximum points for Denmark and Russia
A strong Danish side, defending champions from 2013, swept aside all their opponents in Group A, reaching the semi-finals of the women's tournament with maximum points.
There was disappointment however for Germany, third in 2013, who suffered a narrow 21:20 defeat at the hands of the eventual second semi-finalists, Norway, finishing in third place in the group.
Russia, were in good form in Group B, making it through to the semi-finals undefeated. Czech Republic will join them in the semi-finals thanks a close one-goal victory against their group opponents, Romania, and a clear win over Georgia on the opening day.
In the semi-final phase, Denmark will meet Czech Republic (13:30 hrs) and Russia and Norway (15:45 hrs) on Friday.
Catch the action live
Live streaming is available via the event's official website with handball scheduled to be shown at the following times:
All times are local (GMT plus four hours)
Selected matches are also available via the YouTube channel of the Georgian Handball Federation.
TEXT: EHF / jjr
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