Macedonians couldn’t catch a breath with Japan


Macedonian’s suffered its third defeat in the group stage with 21:31 (11:15) lost to Japan in the last round of Group C. MKD national team as a forth in the group secured a place in the eighth final, where they will face the first team in Group D, Portugal.

Home team had a desperate opening of the match and in the first eight minutes they did not know where to defend themselves faster. The Japanese opened the match with a series of 0-6. Not even had coach Danilo Brestovac time-out couldn’t help the team. Kosteski try counterattack score for the first time in the ninth minute. 

The Japanese used our technical errors in attack and attacked mostly from the half-counter or counter-attack, and without Kizic’s defensive line he couldn’t do much. The opponent has returned to the highest +6 (4:10, 6:12, 9:15) but they ended the first half with 11:15.

Nothing changed in the second half. Japan had full control and at the end the reached the highest 20:30, and end the match 21:31.