Brazil continued it’s President’s Cup wining streak with a 30-23 defeat over Australia and will play the winner of Morocco-Angola for 19th place on Sunday. The teams traded goals and were tied up 3-3 after 10 minutes. Brazil then ran off 9 straight unanswered goals and took an eventual 17-6 lead to the locker room at half-time.
The second half was a different story, as Australia arguably played their best half of the tournament, outscoring Brazil 17-13. In particular, a six minute stretch where Australia ran off 8 straight goals to cut the lead to 6 had the German crowd cheering on the Aussies. Brazil woke up, however, and the teams traded goals over the last 5 minutes of the match for the eventual scoreline of 23-30. Team Australia had a balanced scoring attack with 6 goals from Namanja Subotic, 5 for Darryl McCormack and 4 for Josh Parmenter. And goalkeeper Ogi Latinovic had a great match between the posts and was selected Man of the Match. Quite an honor, as a player from the winning team usually is awarded this honor.
Australia has one more opportunity to pick up a win as they take on winless Qatar for 23rd place on Sunday.