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Date: 7/20/2009

The finals of the men’s and women’s World Games beach handball tournament have been fixed following the completion of the semi-finals.


WOMEN - Croatia versus Italy


The Croatians will be looking to avenge their Beach Euro defeat to Italy in the semi-finals.


“We can beat them,” said Tom Lukic, manager of the Croatia squad.


Italy may already have the upper hand in the title race.


The two sides met on the first day, the Croats failing once again to come to terms with the exceptional beach goalkeeper, Sabrina Porini, and losing on the shoot-out.


For Italy the chance to add only their second major handball title may be something they cannot miss.


Croatia meet Italy at 7.30 pm local time (GMT+8)


MEN – Hungary versus Brazil


Hungary will meet Brazil again in the World Games final.


They will be hoping for a better result than in the preliminary round, where they were soundly beaten by the South Americans 2-0.


They will be hoping for their first gold medal in a major championship, the Hungarians were third in the Beach Euro in Cuxhaven in and third at the last Euro in Larvik.


The match will be played at 8.30 pm.


Placement matches




7/8 place – Japan versus Thailand

5/6 place – Ukraine versus Chinese Taipei

3/4 place – Brazil versus FRYO Macedonia




7/8 place – Turkey versus Thailand

5/6 place – Pakistan versus Chinese Thailand

3/4 place – Oman versus Croatia