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Romania in quarterfinals after draw with Russia

The decisive quarterfinal match-ups are set. On Friday the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Trieste will see the teams securing their tickets to Rio in just one do-or-die match. On Thursday the group stage was concluded and quarterfinals determined. Before the opening match both France and Canada knew what the standings in group B would likely look like. And so both were not too eager to battle as the winner of their match was to face Spain in the quarterfinals while the loser takes on the Netherlands. In the end Canada won the match 5-13 and will meet Spain for a spot at the 2016 Olympics while France meets the Netherlands once more.
A dramatic finish came in the day's 3rd match where Russia was eliminated by just a single goal. Daniel Teohari's equaliser, setting the final score at 8-8, meant Romania took 4th place in group A keeping their Olympic hopes alive although facing Italy in the quarterfinals means a daunting task is ahead.
In other results Hungary set up an expected quarterfinal meeting with Germany as the Hungarians defeated Slovakia 16-7 and Germany fell to Italy 12-6. Clear wins by the Netherlands (17-7 over South Africa) and Spain (16-4 vs. Kazakhstan) were expected and only confirmed the group's standings and thus the decisive quarterfinal match-ups.


2016 Olympic Games Men's Qualification Tournament
Trieste (ITA)

Programme and results


Day 5 - Thursday, April 7:

France vs. Canada 5-13 (0-1, 2-3, 1-3, 2-6)
Hungary vs. Slovakia 16-7 (5-4, 5-1, 2-1, 4-1)
Russia vs. Romania 8-8 (3-1, 1-3, 3-3, 1-1)
Spain vs. Kazakhstan 16-4 (3-2, 3-1, 7-0, 3-1)
Netherlands vs. South Africa 17-7 (4-2, 3-3, 4-0, 6-2)
Italy vs. Germany 12-6 (1-1, 4-1, 4-1, 3-3)

Final standings

Group A:

1. Hungary 5-9 pts, 2. Canada 5-8, 3. France 5-6, 4. Romania 5-4, 5. Russia 5-3, 6. Slovakia 5-0.

Group B:


1. Italy 5-8 pts, 2. Netherlands 5-8, 3. Spain 5-8, 4. Germany 5-3, 5. Kazakhstan 5-3, 6. South Africa 5-0.


Day 6 - Friday, April 8 (quarterfinals):

16.00: Hungary (1A) vs. Germany (4B) - game 31
17.30: Canada (2A) vs. Spain (3B) - game 32
19.00: France (3A) vs. Netherlands (2B) - game 33
20.30: Romania (4A) vs. Italy (1B) - game 34

Day 7 - Saturday, April 9 (semifinals):

16.00: L31 vs. L33 - game 35
17.30: L32 vs. L34 - game 36
19.00: W31 vs. W33 - game 37
20.30: W32 vs. W34 - game 38

Day 8 - Sunday, April 10 (finals):

11.00: L35 vs. L36 - 7th/8th place
12.30: W35 vs. W36 - 5th/6th place
15.30: L37 vs. L38 - 3rd/4th place
17.00: W37 vs. W38 - 1st/2nd place

19.00: Draw for the 2016 Olympic Games

Top 4 teams qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

N.b.: time mentioned is local time.

Eight teams have already secured a place for the Olympic Games:

Australia, Brazil (as host), Croatia, Greece, Japan, Montenegro, Serbia, USA.

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