Denmark – Montenegro 21-23 (7-12)
Night and day for the Danish team who once again were supported by a capacity crowd of 12.000 spectators in Herning.
Montenegro quickly took a comfortable 7-2 lead and the Danish team once again made an outrageous amount of technical errors.
In the second half however the home team came back strongly but all in all it was too late.
Montenegro wins the group and will meet Angola in their eights final whereas Denmark is in for a Nordic clash versus Sweden.
Tunesia – Serbia 21-43 (10-21)
Fifth defeat in a row for Tunesia and the biggest for the African champions so far in the championship.
Once again the Serbian right wing Katarina Krpez Slezak was outstanding, scoring 11 goals and she was again elected player of the match.
Jovana Rizovic in the Serbian goal also delivered a great performance and little by little courage left the Tunesian players who will now enter President’s Cup.
Hungary - Japan 31-21 (17-11)
Theoretically Japan had a vague chance of qualifying among the last 16 and the small Asian players were ready to give it their best shot from the start. But a 2-1 lead was changed to 2-7 by goals from six different Hungarian players.
The scoreboard in Herning's Boxen also showed 11-3 and 13-4 before the Hungarian favourites lifted their foot off the speeder and gave their opponents a chance to show their potential.
Hungarian goalkeeper Eva Kiss was honoured as player of the match and quite rightly so as she was outstanding.
She and the rest of the Hungarian team now have to wait for the match between Denmark and Montenegro. Should Denmark win this match Hungary will be number one in Group A. Otherwise they will be second.
Sweden – Cuba 49-25 (23-12)
The Swedes were up against hard odds as they had to defeat Cuba with 34 goals in order to snap first place in the group ahead of The Neteherlands.
The yellow and blue Swedes gave it a very good shot but never got any closer than the 24 goals that was the result of the match.
Nathalie Hagman with 14 goals and Isabelle Gullden with ten were the top goal scorers for Sweden who will now face Denmark on Sunday.
The Netherlands – Poland 31-20 (14-9)
The Dutch will most probably win Group B after a relatively easy victory in the match against Poland.
Facts are that Sweden will have to beat Cuba by 34 goals to overtake The Netherlands and even if the Swedes surely will go for it – it looks like an impossible task.
The Poles had trouble from the very beginning where a Dutch 5-1 lead showed what was to be expected for the rest of the match.
Lois Abbingh once again was best markswoman for the Dutch scoring seven goals.
China - Angola 29-32 (11-15)
African powerhouse Angola secured a place among the last 16 by winning the head to head encounter for fourth place in Group B and the players celebrated in a way that was worthy of gold medals.
The first quarter of the match was very equal but the Angola established a four and even five goal cushion that lasted for the rest of the encounter.
Right winger Natalia Bernardo was the African top scorer with ten goals to her name - six of which were on penalties.
Now the African team are going to meet either Hungary or Montenegro in the eight finals.
Germany – D. R. Congo 37 – 19 (18-11)
The Germans needed a win in the last match in the group stage if they were to secure third place in Group C – and the players were concentrated from the very first throw.
Lone Fischerand Susann Muller each scored eight goals and the latter was honoured as player of the match.
In the eight finals the Germans now face number 2 in Group D – Norway. Meaning that they will have to travel north in Jutland to play in Frederikshavn.
Brazil – France 21-20 (11-9)
One of the most exciting matches in the tournament so far with by far the most incredible final seconds.
France would win the group by having a draw and eight seconds before the final whistle they leveled the score at 20-20 by field player Estelle Nze Minko who had come on to the pitch instead of goalkeeper Amandine Leyneaud.
The Brazilians quickly threw the ball to the middle where Fabiana Diniz could throw it in the empty French goal.
In this way the reigning world champions won the group and will face Romania in the round of 16.
Argentina - Korea 22-29 (12-14)
Even though the Koreans by winning advanced to third place they will probably end as number four with the hard task of meeting Russia in the round of 16.
First half was equal but after the interval the Koreans got a better grip in defence and goalkeeper Sumin Choi had some brilliant saves - a couple of penalties among others.
Jinyi Km and Jinsel Kim each scored six goals for Korea - the same amount that Manuela Pizzo scored for the Argentinians.
Spain - Norway 26-29 (12-18)
In the direct duel for second place in Group D Norway made a crucial hole already in the middle of the first half and although the Spaniards approached them after the break, there was never seriously doubt of the Norwegian victory.
Norway will thus be in Frederikshavn to meet Germany in the 1/8 finals, while the Spaniards travel the opposite way to Kolding to meet France.
Russia – Romania 30-27 (16-17)
Before the match had even started it was clear that Russia would be number one in Group D and Romania would take fourth place. But though there wasn’t really anything important at stake the two teams gave the spectators in Frederikshavn an exhibition in first class women’s handball.
That is for the first 45 minutes when the Romanians still had the power to match the impressive Russian side.
As usual the Russian goals were divided between many players with Anna Vyakhereva as the best with six goals – the same amount as veteran winger Valentina Elisei Ardean got for Romania.
Puerto Rico - Kazakhstan 30-27 (18-14)
Huge celebrations as Puerto Rico succeeded where many teams before them have failed.
The Puerto Ricans managed to win a match at their first participation at a World Championship and the players were over the moon when the match had finished and the result - 30-27 - in their favour was a fact.
Goalkeeper Zugiely Soto was the greatest of the Puerto Rican heros and she was quite rightly honoured as player of the match.
Kazakhstan were light favourites before the match. But they never really got the grip against a hard working and technically better Puerto Rican side.