DOHA – In what is now a case of so near yet so far, Qatar suffered a painful loss by a slender margin of one goal against Croatia (25-24) in the fourth match of the opening rounds of Group C on Day Six of the IHF Men’s Youth World Championship in Yekaterinburg, Russia on Wednesday.

Croatia went into the match knowing it was their last chance of keeping any chance of progressing to the Eighth-Finals alive, while Qatar could potentially be unseated by the Balkan team depending on the results of the final group phase games.

As of now, though, Qatar with four points and a game left against Russia (to be played on Friday) is still a strong contender to go through if they win or even draw the match.

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Source News: Qatar Tribune