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The 9-16 placement round matches at the 2018 IHF Women’s Junior (U20) World Championship opened with victories for Brazil and Slovenia. Brazil thereby claimed 11th place on the final ranking ahead of Sweden, while Slovenia finish 15th and their opponents, Montenegro, 16th.

 

11/12 placement match: Brazil vs Sweden 21:18 (12:10)

 

It was a low-scoring match with a particularly low-scoring second half, thanks to the excellent defence played by both sides – and a stand-out performance from Brazil goalkeeper Renata Arruda. With a total of 22 saves off 39 shots, Arruda recorded a 56% save rate for the match, playing a significant role as her team kept Sweden to just 18 goals over the 60 minutes.

 

Brazil had limited preparation together prior to the World Championship, and their level throughout Hungary 2018 visibly increased as they made their way through the tournament. Against Sweden, they were the first to score and always had the edge. The Scandinavian team occasionally levelled the score but they never once had the chance to take the lead.

 

After Brazil held a two-goal advantage at the break, they maintained a one to three-goal distance in the second 30 minutes. Sweden never gave up and were rewarded for their persistence in the 55th minute, when they finally levelled the game (18:18) for the first time since the 22nd. But Brazil – specifically Fernanda De Lima – scored the final three goals of the game to secure the victory and with it 11th place, equalling their result in 2016.