Angola have shocked 2015 IHF World Championship finalists Qatar after winning 24-23 in the previous minute of the match inside the opening match of group D at Copenhagen. The African team needed lead nearly the entire match, but was only able to acquire it on the previous play at a speedy break.
There were very few spectators early now at the Royal Arena at Copenhagen, but the hundreds have been also filling the chairs must witness a very exciting match between a couple of the non-European states of their group. Angola mastered the first phase, displaying a very energetic attack along with an intense defense; they took the lead early in the game, after 7 minutes they were 4-1 ahead in the scoreboard.
While they experienced some difficulties in defense sometimes (they suffered 4 ’ even suspensions), they could stay ahead; while many could have thought that the lead was only temporary, they maintained their advantage and went to the locker rooms 12-8. Goalkeeper Giovany Muachissengue closed the first phase with an outstanding 61 percent of conserves (11/18).
The first few minutes of the second period saw Qatar grabbing up along with Angola’s trainer Filipe De Carvalho Cruz called a time out with only 2’46” on the clock since these were currently leading only by one (12-11).
Considering that the status of ‘underdog’ contrary to the 2015 IHF World Championship finalist, Angola won the support of the majority of the crowd in the stadium. Their endurance gave them enough power to carry on to face a troubled Qatari team, who managed to be facing the scoreboard afterwards for the second time on the match, since they had scored the opening goal (22 23 at 56’-RRB-.
The last minute of the match were outside exciting. De Carvalho Cruz called a time out with one minute left to be played with the clock ticking Rome Hebo felt the equalizer with 22 seconds left. Qatar’s last possession could’ve given them the triumph, but Rafael Capote’s last shot has been saved by Muachissengue as well as on the quick break, Claudio Chicola be at Saric to give Angola their initial victory on the championship, for your delight of the fans at the Royal Arena.