The United Arab Emirates and Oman both won today in the Asian Men's Handball Championship to book a meeting with each other in the ninth-placed classification match ©Getty Images

The United Arab Emirates and Oman secured qualification into the ninth-place game at the Asian Men's Handball Championship in Saudi Arabia.

The UAE were awarded a 10-0 victory by default after Vietnam were forced to withdraw from the match following a COVID-19 outbreak within their squad.

The win secured pole position in Group III which sees them progress to the ninth-place playoff on Friday (January 28).

The Emiratis are set to face Oman, who also won their three games, at the Ministry of Sports Hall in Dammam.

Oman scraped past Hong Kong 27-25 to clinch the crucial two points in a top of the table clash in Group IV.

Elsewhere in Group III, Jordan beat India 35-30 in a scintillating match which was won late on in Dammam.

It means Jordan will compete in the 11th-place game and India in the 15th-place game against Hong Kong and Australia, respectively.

Australia suffered a similar fate to Vietnam and were ruled out of their fixture, giving Singapore a 10-0 win.

Play is due to continue tomorrow as four-time champions Qatar meet the tournament's most successful nation South Korea and Uzbekistan clash with hosts Saudi Arabia in Group I.

Group II is scheduled to see Iraq face Kuwait and four-time runners up Bahrain take on Iran.

The fixtures will decide the competition's semi-finalists.