Germany - Korea 40-28 (14-15)
Match for third place in Group C and in all of the first half it looked as if the Koreans would have a relatively easy victory.
The Germans had big difficulties breaking the offensive Korean defence and they also had trouble stopping the fast Korean attacks in the other end of the pitch.
But from the beginning of the second half the Germans turned the match upside down. Especially Franziska Müller was strong in that period of the match and halfway through the 2nd half the match was decided at 26-19.
Germany will end up as number three in the group whereas Korea Friday meet Argentina in a match where they need a draw to avoid having to play for the President's Cup
France - D. R. Congo 29-16 (14-10)
Not the most inspired of matches - especially not from the French side who took very long time pulling the score in the right direction.
But from 7-7 the Frenchmen with right back Alexandre Lacrabere as the absolute star went to 20-10 and 24-11 showing the difference between the two teams.
Friday France faces Brazil in a match for first place in Group C whereas D. R. Congo are up against Germany. But no matter how this match turns out the African side will be sixth and last in the group.
Brazil – Argentina 23-19 (11-8)
For the first 20 minutes it was hard for the spectators in Kolding to tell who was the world champion and who had qualified for the World Championship as number three at the latest Pan-American championship.
Underdogs Argentina were up to excactly the same standards as the reigning champions from Brazil and after 20 minutes the Argentinians had a 7-6 lead.
Brazil – and especially right back Dionise Facinello – then had a brilliant spell and won the last ten minutes of the first half 5-1 so that the half time score was 11-8 for the favourites.
The lead was extended to five goals but the brave Argentinians never lost sight of the neighbours and they were never more than a few goals behind.
In the end the world champions won the expected two points and they are still top of Group C before the group final versus France on Friday.
Norway - Romania 26-22 (13-10)
Important match in order to get as high a ranking in the strong Group D as possible.
The two teams followed suit until 2-2 but the the Norwegians pulled away by scoring five goals in a row. Especially Nora Mork and player of the match, Veronika Kristiansen were strong in that phase of the encounter.
In the second half Norway repeated the five goal trick by enlarging their lead from 15-12 to 20-12 and though Romanian one woman army Cristina Neagu followed up with a fantastic performance her team never got closer than three goals.
Friday Norway faces Spain in a direct duel foir second place while Romania are up against the mighty Russians.
Spain - Puerto Rico 39-13 (18-8)
Puerto Rico started better than expected and with 12 minutes played the Spanish favourites only had a small lead of 6-5.
But the next 25 minutes ended 16-3 for the Spaniards and the young Puerto Ricans had to give up definitively.
Especially winger Marta Lopez was dangerous in counter attack.
Friday Puerto Rico face Kazakhstan in a match to avoid the last place in group D while Spain face Norway in the match for second place in the group.
Russia - Kazakhstan 42-19 (21-6)
The Russians stay top of Group D with maximum point after winning a match that was never really a match.
Although the Kazakh team made a serious effort throughout all 60 minutes and although Russian coach Evgeny Trefilov rested some of his key players difference of class was way too huge to create excitement.
Anna Sen, Ekaterina Ilina and Anna Vyakhereva each scored seven goals for the brilliant Russian side.