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Unified Korean handball team suffers 2nd straight loss at world championship

All Headlines 09:56 January 13, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) -- The unified Korean men's handball team has suffered its second straight defeat at this year's world championship.

Korea fell 34-27 to Russia in a Group A game at the 2019 International Handball Federation (IHF) World Men's Handball Championship at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on Saturday (local time). This was Korea's second defeat at the tournament after dropping its opening game 30-19 against Germany two days ago.

In this AFP photo, Korea's Jo Tae-hun attempts to shoot during the IHF Men's World Championship Group A handball match between Russia and Korea at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on Jan. 12, 2019. (Yonhap)

The 26th edition of the world championship is the first international tournament for a joint Korean handball team. South and North Korea agreed to combined their men's handball teams at a meeting of sports administrators on Nov. 2 last year. The unified team of 16 South Koreans and four North Koreans, coached by South Korea's Cho Young-shin, began training together in Berlin on Dec. 22.

Korea is in Group A with Germany (world No. 1), Russia (world No. 4), France (No. 5), Serbia (No. 6) and Brazil (No. 27) at this 24-team tournament co-hosted by Germany and Denmark. South Korea is No. 19, and North Korea isn't ranked.

Against Russia, Korea finished the first half 20-13. The Koreans cut the deficit as close as five during the second half but couldn't get any closer.

South Korea's Park Kwang-soon and Kang Jeon-gu were the highest scorers for the team with four goals each. No North Koreans scored a goal against Russia.

Korea will play its third group stage game against France on Monday (local time).

In this Reuters photo, players from the unified Korean men's handball team line up ahead of the IHF Men's World Championship Group A handball match between Russia and Korea at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on Jan. 12, 2019. (Yonhap)

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