Portugal stopped the hosts and goes to quarter final

 

NORTH MACEDONIA – PORTUGAL  25-29 (13-16)

Macedonians had more control in first half. Portugal was only step behind waiting for their chance. They waited until the end of the first half and than in less than two minutes reached three goals advantage (16-13). 

Macedonans strike back in second half boosted by goalkeeper Kizic. The host managed to came to only one goal behind but Portugal stayed focused. 

Macedonians equalized (18-18) on 44 minute, and forced Carlos Martingo to call for time out.  Martim Costa was in charge in next period and bring back Portugal in lead (21-19). Macedonians equalized even had a one goal lead in 53 minute (24-23). Next two attack were without realisation and Portugal through Costa gained advantage and it was over.