Group D game between Russia and Tunisia was a game of great importance especially for Russians who were in dangerous fifth position with two points above Mexico. As for Tunisians, they were second having 4 points, only lagged behind favorite Spain. The match turned out to be the most dramatic, spectacular and emotional of the group on that day.
The first half was very intense. Russians took the lead. Tunisia tried to change things and minimized goal difference up to one goal three times. At 29th minute they even equalized the score 14:14, but before the break Russians were more mobilized and won 16:14.
After the break Russians retained the advantage until 18th minute, but then Tunisia broke out 25:24. Rest of the game was even more tense. From time to time both teams made mistakes but in the end Tunisia achieved the well deserved win – 31:30.
The best player of Russian team was a goalkeeper Maksim Popov and the best among Tunisians was top scorer Mohamed Amine Darmoul (CB) -12 goals.
Thus Tunisia qualified to Play-off. Russia will play Mexico on the last day of group stage.
RADIH BEDOUI (Head coach of Tunisia): It was a very hard game. We needed to win. We didn’t play well but finally we won and qualified to the round of 16. We played badly in defense, but our attack was better.