The Netherlands-Serbia 36-20 (17-6)
No chance for Serbia as the Dutch team once again showed their fabulous ability to play creative and fast handball.
Inspired by a brilliant Nycke Groot the Dutch went ahead 7-1 after just nine minutes of play and the rest of the first half was a fantastic display by the Dutch who just before half time had their first ten goal lead at 15-5.
After the interval the Dutch took the foot off the accellerator and the Serbs got away with a decent result after the second half.
Now the Dutch team travels to Kolding where they on Wednesday will face the winner of the match between France and Spain in the quater final.
Denmark-Sweden 26-19 (15-7)
The Danish hosts are ready for the quarter final on Wednesday against Romania. After 17 minutes the score was almost even, 8-7, but then the Swedes were unable to score the rest of the first half. Denmark took advantage and took the lead 15-7 at half time break. The second half both teams played with high intensity and great fight, but the Danes held on to their lead although the Swedish team almost made contact at 18-15. But it didn't get any closer and Denmark won in front of over 12,000 enthusiastic fans in Jyske Bank Boxen.
Brazil – Romania 22-25 (8-13)
The reigning world champions are knocked out of this championship. Romania managed a 25-22 win in the match against Brazil on Sunday evening thus ending the reign of the South American team as world champions.
The Romanians were in front for most of the encounter and had a half time lead 13-8 – primarily owed to brilliant goalkeeper Paula Ungureanu who well deservedly was elected player of the match.
The Brazilians had a tough job for most of the match and in the final minutes they had several opportunities to equal the score. But Ungureanu got in the way as much as the Brazilians had a couple of two minute expulsions.
The Romanians now travel to Herning where they are meeting hosts Denmark in the quater final Wednesday
Germany-Norway 22-28 (10-15)
Norway faced Germany in the eight final in a sold out Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, where the Norwegian fans dominated the seats. The match was opened with an impressive speed and the Germans were able to hang on to the topseeded Norwegians until the last part of first half. Then Norway took their game to a new level and took the lead with fast break actions and remarkable timing in the attacks. In second half the Norwegians defended the lead even though the Germans fought very well. Norway is now qualified for the quarter final on Wednesday.
President's Cup (17-20)
Japan-China 24-29 (11-16)
Despite an excellent speed from both teams they had trouble finding way to the score board in the beginning of the match. The Japanese team only scored their first goal after eight minutes and let China take control of the match. But in the 12th minute Japan’s key player Shio Fujii found her way to the score board and were noted for six goals in the first half. China held on to the lead until half time: 11-16. During the second half the match tightened as Japan led by Fujii reduced to 20-22. But the Chinese team fought bravely and won the match with the five goal lead they already accomplished in the first half.
Shio Fujii scored 14 goal and were player of the match.
Argentina-Puerto Rico 28-14 (13-6)
After Puerto Rico’s first World Championship win Friday against Kazakhstan in the last group match they now faced Argentina in the first match in President’s Cup for the places 17-24. Argentina instantly took the lead and the topscorer of the match, Luciana Salvado, ensured a 7-3 lead after 20 minutes. The team from Puerto Rico fought their best, but they did not stand a chance against the South Americans who just enhanced the lead throughout the match.
President’s Cup 21-24:
D.R. Congo – Kazakhstan 30-31 (26-26) (12-11)
It may bet hat the spectators didn’t get absolute world class handball when Kazakhstan defeated D.R. Congo i penalty shoot out but the sheer excitement was absolutely fanatstic.
The Africans were five goals ahead in the first half but after the interval Kazakhstan turned the match upside down and looked like a winner until five minutes before the end when Congo had a fine comeback.
After 60 minutes the scoreboard said 26-25 i favour of Congo but Arailym Abdikhamit sent the final free throw in the back of the net and the match had to be decided in a penalty shoot out.
D.R. Congo scored on their first three attemts while Kazakhstan missed one. Then both teams missed and Congo’s final attempt was saved by Yevgeniya Tsupenkova and the Kazakhstan goalkeeper was the hero of the day when she saved the second ”sudden death” penalty.
Winning this match means that Kazakhstan Monday face Tunesia in the match for 21st place while D.R. Congo will play Cuba in the quest of avoiding last place.
Tunesia – Cuba 28-24 (15-12)
Two of the teams that before Sunday had not had a win at the World Championship met in a very fine and entertaining match in Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning. An encounter that was won by Tunesia by 28-24 after an African lead 15-12 at half time.
The match started all equal with a slight advantage to the Cubans who in playmaker Eyane Rizo had an extraordinarily exciting player.
The Tunesian playmaker Mouna Chebbah displayed her ususal high class and had three fine assists for Chaima Jouni who singlehanded changed 5-8 til 8-8 seen from Tunesian angle.
The two Tunesian wingers Amai Hamrouni and Bouteina Amiche were very strong and in the second half goalkeeper Echraf Abdallah played at a level that eminent that she was honoured as player of the match.
On Monday the Tunesians face the winner of the D.R. Congo – Kazakhstan match to decide 20th place whereas Cuba meet the loser of that match in a duel to avoid being last at the World Championship.