Jakarta, Defending champion and 2015 world silver medallist Qatar defeated Iran 35-20 to cement its position at the top of the Group A at the 18th Asian Games yesterday.
Both the teams had already reached the second round after the Iranian team defeated Malaysia 55-11 on Thursday.
Qatar, who defeated Malaysia 64-11 in the opening game, are eyeing to retain the gold medal they won in the South Korean city of Incheon in 2014. Qatar had beat Korea 24-21 in the final then.
Thirteen teams are taking part in handball competitions of the Asian Games. They were divided into four groups. Group A comprises Qatar, Iran and Malaysia. Group B has South Korea, Japan and Pakistan. Group C includes Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, while Group D consists of Bahrain, Chinese Taipei, India and Iraq.
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee