Handball: women's team ends the 1st phase of the Worlds with a rout

Guaranteed following the tournament, Brazilians run over Paraguay

Published in 06/12/2021 - 16:24 By Lincoln Chaves - Repórter da TV Brasil e da Rádio Nacional - São Paulo

Classified in anticipation of the second stage of the World Women's Handball Championship, held in Spain, the Brazilian team ended participation in the first stage this Monday (6), trampling Paraguay by 33 to 19 at the Cidade de Castellón pavilion. The green and yellow team, which had already defeated Croatia and Japan, finished Group G at the top, with 100% success. It's the best start to competition since 2013, when the country won the title.

Brazil is in Group 4 of the next phase, again with Croatia and Japan (against whom they will not play again) and will face Argentina, Austria and Spain, who came from Group H. The Brazilians take with them the four points added in the victories over Croatian and Japanese. Only two key teams advance to the quarterfinals.

The first appointment for the second phase will be this Wednesday (8), at the sports palace in the city of Torrevieja, at a time to be announced. The opponent will be third in Group H, which still depends on the match between Spain and Austria to define the final positions. The European teams face off this Monday, at 4:30 pm (Brasilia time).

The Brazilian advantage was easily built in the first half, even with coach Cristiano Rocha running the players a lot. The use in the initial 30 minutes surpassed 60% in kicks, with emphasis on Jessica Quintino, author of five goals in the stage. Brazil went to half-time winning by 20 to 7 and the only reason why goalkeeper Fatima Ocampos saved Paraguay was no more.

The green and yellow team returned to the second half, unconcentrated, stopping in great defenses by Ocampos - elected the best player of the match - and making mistakes in passing and marking that the Paraguayans took advantage of, scoring more goals than Brazil in the first 15 minutes. The drop in production irritated Cristiano, who asked for time and demanded attention.

The call took effect and the Brazilians reorganized, even though they ended the second stage suffering more goals (12) and scoring less (13) than in the first half. Jessica hit the net once more and reached six in the match, being the top scorer in the match. Also highlighted are Mariane Fernandes and Giulia Guariero, both with five goals.

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

Edition: Fábio Lisboa

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