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September 28, 2021

Men Handball: Romania the fourth victory in WC qualifiers

Romania’s men handball national team defeated Cyprus 31-30 on Sunday in Nicosia in the group 2 of the qualifiers for the World Championships 2015 in Qatar, according to eurohandball.com. It is the fourth victory from four games played by the national team in this group. Cyprus led 16:15 at half-time, kept the match open until the dying seconds and only a penalty, converted by Aurel Gabriel Florea with 11 seconds left on the clock gave Romania the victory.
Romania will next play against Italy on Wednesday. This group is likely to be decided in Round 6 when Romania face second-ranked Slovakia (six points) on 11 January. In the first leg Romania took home a convincing 32:24 victory.
After four of six rounds have been played in the Qualification Europe for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar there are still at least two teams left in each group that can potentially qualify for the next stage, the European play-offs. Only the five group winners advance to this stage where they meet 12 participants of the EHF EURO 2014 plus Germany to eventually decide nine European participants for the World Championship 2015.
On Sunday another eight matches were played which concluded the fourth round. After Lithuania had beaten Finland 24:23 on Saturday in Group 1, Georgia followed suit on Sunday and beat Turkey 33:26. With second ranked Georgia (four points) facing first-ranked Lithuania (seven points) on 8 January, this group can be decided in the next round. If Lithuania claim at least one point they are through to the play-offs.
In Group 3 Ukraine kept the top spot with now seven points by beating Switzerland 32:31. Slovenia beat Luxembourg 37:26 in the second match in this group and are now ranked second with six points. Slovenia face Ukraine on home court in Round 6 on 12 January.
Also on Sunday Netherlands beat Belgium 27:21 and Greece beat Israel 31:28 in group 4 in which nothing has been decided. Quite to the contrary, Bosnia and Herzegovina only need one more point in Group 5 to advance to the play-offs. They beat Latvia 23:21 to record their fourth straight win.

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