South Korea stands on one side of the field during the Asian Games women’s final. Henrik Signell’s national team wins another prestigious match against Japan in the title match on Thursday. On the men’s side, the final teams from the Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain and Qatar will settle for gold.
Logically, the two undefeated teams in the tournament will meet in the decisive match. Japan had to rally to beat China 26-25 in the group final, but took command 40-22 against Kazakhstan in the semi-final.
South Korea, who scored more than 20 goals in all their group games, had the toughest semifinal, trailing China 15-14 at the halfway point. Eun Hee Ryu (seven goals), Migyeong Lee (six) and their teammates managed to win. further and further away against 30-23.
The men played in the group stage and the main round where Bahrain, Japan, Kuwait and Qatar scored points in the first phase. The semi-final classification matches ended 34-25 for Bahrain against Kuwait and Qatar stopped Japan 32-29.
With four teams remaining in the medal race, Bahrain held off Japan, 30-28, while Qatar and Kuwait battled it out for 45 minutes. After that, Qatar, with stalwarts like Frankis Marzo and Rafael Capote, found a better flow at 29-24.
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