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Tribune News Network DOHA Qatar's charge at the 26th IHF Men's World Handball Championship ran into a roadblock as Hungary scored a 32-26 win in their absorbing Pool D match at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday. In a contest of two former silver medallists, the 2015 runners-up Qatar, down 0-3 in the beginning, found it hard to stop Hungary from scoring. Also, they focused on getting goals from the centre, without using the wings or sides to create openings. Besides, Qatar either lost the possession due to technical fouls or failed to find the target when the opportunities to score came up. Qatari goalkeepers could make only one save in 33 attempts in the match, which compounded their problems further. In the second half, the Asian champions staged a comeback from a seven-goal margin (14-21) to come within three goals of the 1996 silver medallists. Rafael Capote fuelled their drive with three of his four goals with over 18 mintues to go. Hungary quickly re-organised their defence and a goal each from Bendeguz Boka and Patrik Ligetvari after Roland Mikler's save again sent them clear enough to win the match easily. This was the Hungary's second win in three matches, which took them to the top with five points. Sweden, who have to play Angola later, are in the second spot with two wins from as many matches. Angola, who had beaten Qatar with a last-gasp goal, are occupying the third spot ahead of Qatar. The Asian team, eighth in the 2017 edition, has only two points from a win against Egypt. Their chances of going through to the knockouts will need some favourable results, especially from Argentina and Egypt against Angola. Both are bottom-placed teams and have lost both their matches so far. For Hungary, player of the match Mate Lekai was the highest scorer with five strikes. Richard Bodo and Boka struck four each. Zsolt Balogh, Laszlo Nagy Bence Benhidi and Peter Hornyak netted three each. Wajdi Sinen and Frankis Marzo led the scoring for Qatar with five goals each to their credit. Capote and pivot Youssef Benali had four each, while Betrand Roine nailed three. Qatar will play Sweden in their next match on Wednesday. SCORELINE Hungary beat Qatar 32-26 (Half Time 16-11) Main scorers -- Hungary: Mate Lekai 5, Richard Bodo 4, Bendeguz Boka 4, Zsolt Balogh 3, Laszlo Nagy 3, Bence Benhidi 3, Peter Hornyak 3 Qatar: Wajdi Sinen 5, Frankis Marzo 5, Rafael Capote 4, Youssef Benali 4, Betrand Roine 3.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Jan 15, 2019
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