The final no one saw coming: it’s Serbia v Brazil

Neither semi final was particularly close but the winners won’t care.  Serbia closed out Poland for a ten-minute spell in the first half during which they pulled out to a five-goal lead that they only ever looked like adding to; Brazil led by 4 at the break and then scored the first two of the second-half which, combined with a superb goalkeeping performance, saw them control the game and move into the final.

So, there you have it.  Two teams who have never contested a final before.  When they met in the group stages Brazil won but the final will be a different matter.  Firstly, they have picked up a few injuries along the way since then but more importantly the crowd will almost certainly be a 20,000 sell out and there won’t be many Brazilians there (although those that are will be colourful!).  By most measures you’d say Brazil were the better team but it is a final that could really go either way.

The scores and upcoming fixtures therefore are:

Semi Finals
Poland 18:24 Serbia
Brazil: 27:21 Denmark

3/4 Play Off
Sunday 1.30pm (UK) Poland v Denmark

Final:
4.15pm Serbia v Brazil

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