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Slovenia Secure Place In The Main Round

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Slovenia secure place in the Main round after smooth victory over Macedonia. They will join the battle for medals while the host of the tournament alongside with the Czech Republic will play in the Intermediate round. This is not what the host audience expected but there is still one prize left in the box. That is the ticket for the next World Championship.
After only five minutes everything was decided. Slovenia was faster, stronger and gained advantage of three goals (4:1, 5:2). That put the host under lot of pressure which they could not handle.
Macedonians made many mistakes followed by counter attacks and after twenty minutes Slovenia had comfortable 11:4 lead.
At the half time, result was 17:9 for the team of Slovenia.
Great performance of the goalkeeper Jovana Micevska at the beginning of the second half and better offensive play bring some hope for the host team (14:19) but after few mistakes Slovenia scored twice in a row and survive that attack.
Anika Strnad scored from penalty 12 minutes till the end for first 10 goals advantage for Slovenia (26:16). Nothing significant changed in the last ten minutes and Slovenia gained well deserved 31:20 victory.
Julijana Damchevska, Head coach of Macedonia:
“We failed in attempt to secure placement in the Main round. Now we have to focus on the matches in the Intermediate round and show better performances in the match against Czech Republic”

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