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Men's handball preliminaries: Round two preview

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Qatar vs. France (Group A)

By far the most intriguing match of the day, the odds-on gold medal favorites will challenge upstarts Qatar. These two sides squared off against each other not too long ago in the 2015 World Championships final, where France edged out the new-look Qatari team. France looked far from world champions in their opening round, though, as they struggled to get by Tunisia. Qatar, led by Zarko Markovic, crushed Croatia. This is going to be a high scoring and tense affair and could be a preview of the gold medal match in less than two weeks' time. 

Germany vs. Poland (Group B)

In what might have been the match of the day, Germany looked incredibly succincnt and put together against Sweden, squeezing out a narrow victory. Germany's discipline proved to be the winning factor in that first round and could pay dividends again as they continue play against a Polish side looked disheveled against Brazil. Julius Kuhn and Tobias Reichmann could put a pounding on Poland from the flanks. 

Tunisia vs. Denmark (Group A)

Tunisia put up a brave fight against against a much stronger French team, proving that solid teamwork can match raw talent. Questions remain if this was just a fluke performance or a sign of things to come. They'll get a chance to prove the latter against Denmark, who looked a bit shaky for most of the 60 minutes against Argentina. 

Brazil vs. Slovenia (Group B)

Things could go very smoothly for Brazil. After a hard fought win over Poland in the first round, Brazil plays against a slightly less menacing opponent in Slovenia. Slovenia, who narrowly defeated Egypt in their Olympic debut, will be embossed in a much livelier atmosphere this time around. If Slovenia are to challenge Brazil, it will be because of Blaz Janc's efforts. The 19 year old Slovenian scored eight goals to lift his side past Egypt. 

Egypt vs. Sweden (Group B)

Both sides suffered tough losses in the opening round of play. Sweden's quick lapse of concentration proved to be fatal in the closing minutes of play agaisnt Germany. Sweden could find more success on the flanks, where they shot five-for-five in the opener. Johan Jakobsson and Jerry Tollbring will likely continue their scoring ways and get Sweden back on track. 

Argentina vs. Croatia (Group A) 

Croatia suffered a heavy first round loss against a fellow medal contender. This is their chance to get back into the competition. Argentina seem poised to struggle throughout much of the tournament and Croatia will look to quickly put away the South Americans and get back into position to advance to the quarterfinals. 

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