Russia emerged victorious in the game against China
Russia easily defeated China 40:18 in Group’s A final game, to claim the third spot, while the Asian side lost all three opening games in their debut at VRILITTOS.
Stepanenko was Russia’s top scorer, finding the net six time, and one of his team’s eleven scorers in total.
Coach Aleksandr Kovalenko and his players will next face Romania for places 5-8, aiming for the highest possible ranking.
RUSSIA – CHINA 40:18
Scoreline: 4:1, 8:3, 10:5, 14:7 19:7, 24:7 (halftime) 26:9, 28:13, 31:14, 31:14, 34:15, 36:17, 40:18
RUSSIA (Aleksandr Kovalenko): Egorov, Il. Kovalenko, Lebedev 1, Ibrakov 1, Kandybin 5, Gavrilov 2, Filimonenko 2, Presniakov 5, Evdokimov, Morozov 5, Epifanov 4, Pobochii 5, Alekseev, Delev, Stepanenko 6, Gogolev 4, Solovev, Bychkov
CHINA (Jingzhong Zheng): Hao, Yuhang, Zhengyang 1, Chaoqun 8, Yuxiang 5, Ben 1, Zhen, Hongyu, Zhengtao, Baohua 2, Yitong, Zhiwei, Suzhen 1, Mingxuan.
Referees: Iankou – Cohen (Israel). 2 mins suspensions: 2-3. 7m: 0/0
Aleksandr Kovalenko (Coach Russia): “We were satisfied to score our first victory in the tournament, although once more we made too many mistakes.
“We could’ve done better in the group ranking, but we have to accept our fate and try our best in the two remaining games.”
Jingzhong Zheng (Coach China): “With so many mistakes in yet another game, it was impossible to achieve something better. We pick up as much as possible from this tournament for future use.”