Israel's youth team continues its great journey and tonight (Wednesday) it completed the first part of the European B-level championship under 18 years of age held in Tel Aviv - and finished in first place at home after a very impressive victory over Lithuania - 29:41 - which completes a set of three victories in the stage the first one.
Coach Assaf Levy: "I've been saying since the beginning of the tournament that our defense is doing a great job. We saw it both in the first game and in the second. In the second game we fumbled in front of the goal, and today all the balls in the first half went in. We don't need to fly too much in the air, Lithuania is a good team and I believe that it is Make life difficult for the Czech Republic in the semi-finals. Today's game is history for us. We need to recover, see in the good minutes what we did well and where we can still improve and prepare as best we can for the semi-finals on Friday. I call on everyone who cares about handball to come and blow up the The hall because there will be a war and we have to make a final."
On Friday (4:30 p.m.) the youth team will host the Greek team, which finished in second place in the corresponding house, in the tournament's semi-finals at the Shlomo Hall in Tel Aviv.
In the second semi-final, the teams of the Czech Republic and Lithuania will play (the Czech Republic impressed today with a 19:39 victory over the Netherlands).
On Saturday (19:00) the final match will be held in Tel Aviv, and the winner will win a pair of prestigious tickets - to the Under-19 World Championship next summer, and to the European Under-20 Championship to be held in two years.
The youth of Israel.
Great, photo: Hadar Van Kola, Handball Association
Towards the semi-finals, the Greeks impressed in the first game against the Netherlands with a 25:31 victory.
In the second game, it was much more difficult for them against the Czechs, who already led by seven goals in the first half, but the Greeks showed character and came back and won in the end 31:33.
The Greeks are based on an aggressive defense, and on two significant executors - Tsanos Batis, who scored 17 goals in the first two games, and Dimitrios Fanioto, who scored 14.
In another game at the Israeli home, Georgia beat Bulgaria 23:33, and starting Friday - the two and the Dutch team will compete for places 5-7.
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