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IHF Women’s Olympic Handball Qualification Tournament live streaming - France and Japan battle for final Rio ticket

Brendan O'Neill 19 Mar 2016
  • 5 of 6 Olympic tickets allocated across 3 tournaments
  • France and Japan to battle for final berth in Brazil
  • Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Romania and Montenegro already qualified with game to spare

We are set for a showstopper in Metz on Sunday evening as hosts France and Japan vie for the sole remaining ticket to the Rio Olympic Games at this weekend's IHF Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament.

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France and Japan are battling to become the second team to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games from Tournament I. 

Sweden's Louise Sand (L) and Jenny Alm react as Poland's Monika Kobylinska prepares to throw the ball (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Both sides have recorded one loss, versus the Netherlands, as well as one win, against Tunisia. With two points on the board each, then, the teams will take to the court for a winner takes all contest at 1800 GMT. 

Japan can take plenty of confidence from their performance against the Netherlands, whom they kept pace with for much of the game only to fall away in the last third. They'll be expected to emulate that display against the more experienced French, but they simply have to push through to the buzzer to have any chance of causing an upset.

France will need to dust themselves off following their disappointing 17:24 loss to the Netherlands, but can be expected to be at the top of their game in front of a raucous home crowd. 

In the other game in Metz, the Netherlands face Tunisia with little at stake having already booked their ticket to South America. 

In Tournament II, both places at the Games have already been sewn up as the top two in the table, Romania and Montenegro, prepare to face off in Aarhus to decide who will win the group.

Denmark and Uruguay also meet in Aarhus in a dead rubber.

It's a similar scenario in Tournament III, in Astrakhan, Russia, with Sweden and hosts Russia clashing with their Rio 2016 passes already safely in their pockets and only top place in the group to play for.

Pointless Poland, meanwhile, will want to leave with at least something in the bank while Mexico complete their first-ever European competitive experience full of confidence.






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