The fast South Koreans became too tough. There will be no U18 WC medal for Sweden.
– We would very much have liked to play a semi-final. So everyone is a bit disappointed now, says six-goal shooter Stina Wiksfors The national handball team.
After much back and forth, the Swedish girls advanced to a quarter-final in the U18 WC. There they faced a skilled South Korea who play a fast and technical handball.
Blågult kept up well at the beginning of the match, but when the South Koreans started their quick transition game, the Swedes had nothing to counter. During a period in the first half, Sweden was behind by 10-16, but then they worked their way closer. At the halftime break the scoreboard read 14-18.
In the second half, South Korea continued to dominate the match and Sweden was never really close to succeeding in getting tension in the match. The deficit fluctuated between four and eight goals and the final score was 27-33. Sweden will thus be allowed to play placement matches for fifth to eighth place.
– Our players faced a type of opponent that they had never faced before. South Korea is incredibly synchronized and coordinated. We wanted to meet them with our physicality, but we rarely stopped their game, says Axnér The national handball team.
Goal scorers South Korea: Seojin Kim 10, Sejin Kim 6, Jia Kim 5, Hyewon Lee 4, Seoyeon Cha 3, Minseo Kim 3, Seoyoung Lim 1, Sujeong Park 1.
Goal scorers Sweden : Thea Kylberg 7, Stina Wiksfors 6, Stella Huselius 6, Emma Mihailovic 2, Alice Salmi 2, Tindra Carlsson 2, Julia Qvarfordt 1, Sol Karlsson 1.