Montenegro - Angola 38-28 (19-13)
It looked like a small massacre when Montenegro in four minutes took the lead with 5-0 and six minutes later led 10-2 in their World Championship eighth finals against Angola.
But the Africans' top scorer Natalia Bernardo was the key player when Angola with five goals in a row turned 3-11 to 8-11 and returned some excitement to the match.
But the Montenegrins were strong and increased their lead quietly.
In particular, it was again the two strong left-handed players Katarina Bulatovic and Jovanka Ridicevic that showed class, but also as coach Dragan Adzic chose to give them rest after the break, Montenegro was very strong.
Whether they are strong enough to also defeat Norway is the question before Wednesday's quarter-final in Kolding.
Maida Mehmedovic of Montenegro was honoured player of the match.
Russia - Korea 30-25 (16-13)
High speed was no short supply when Russia entirely as expected qualified for the World Championship’s quarter-final by defeating Korea 30-25 after a half time lead at 16-13.
From the start the Russians freshly joined the Koreans' high tempo and they also had luck with a lot of ball conquests and fast breaks. But the Korean goalkeeper Mira Park won several duels, when she was all alone with the Russian players.
Halfway in the 1st half the match turned more and more in favour of Russian dominance and even though the Koreans scored frequently towards the end of the match the Russians were always in control and their quarterfinal berth was never in danger.
Both in terms of physics, ball security and tactical overview the Russia once again showed high class and the team won comfortably its sixth World Champion victory in a row.
Palyer of the match was Russian Olga Akopian.
In Wednesday's quarter final the Russians will meet Poland.
Poland - Hungary 24-23 (13-14)
Drama galore when Poland surprisingly qualified for quarter-finals with a 24-23 win versus Hungary.
The Poles got the best start and led 10-4 after 16 minutes of with imaginative, creative and collective attacking play with veteran Karolina Kudlacz-Gloc as an eminent playmaker.
Kudlacz-Gloc was also involved in the sad highlight of the match when both she and the Hungarian great profile Zsuzsanna Tomori went to the floor after a collision. The Pole came up, but Tomori did not. She was carried out on a stretcher and the first reports talk about a cruciate ligament injury.
After Polish 11-5 lead they held a ten-minute scoring break, where Hungary scored eight times in a row and the match was turned around.
This was also the case a few times in the second half and the dying minutes shaky nerves from both sides took over - and none of the teams scored for the last six minutes of the game.
The Polish goalkeeper Anna Wysokinska was honoured as player of the match.
Spain-France 21-22 (12-9)
The eight final between the neighbouring countries Spain and France was an intense and dramatic affair. Spain held on to a small lead during the first half. The 30 physical and very intense minutes ended up with the score 12-9 to Spain.
The second half quickly became very close, and the two teams were even. At 21-21 one minute was left, and France had the ball. They were smart, used the last seconds wisely and in the last second they could achieve the quarter final ticket on 7 meter throw. Alexandra Lacrabére didn’t miss the chance and France can now look forward to the quarter final on Wednesday at 17:45 against Netherlands in Kolding.
President’s Cup 17-20:
President’s Cup final: China- Argentina 35-27 (20-9)
China instantly took the lead in the President’s Cup final and when Argentina scored their second goal after 10 minutes, the score board showed 7-2. China kept the control of the first half lead by player number 25, Meizhu Yan, who scored six goals.
In the second half Argentina stepped up and made it to 30-23, but the match never got exciting, and China received the President’s Cup trophy 2015 from IHF president Hassan Moustafa.
Japan-Puerto Rico 44-15 (21-7)
Serious contest was never an issue when Japan Monday secured the 19th place at the World Championship by defeating Puerto Rico 44-15 after an interval lead of 21-7.
The Japanese were their opponents from the small Caribbean island nation superior in all phases of the game and already after 11 minutes Japan led by 8-2. The match was effectively settled.
All of Japan outfield players managed to score with nine times target shooter Ann Mutsumura as the most prolific followed by Ayaka Ikehara with seven goals.
President’s Cup 21-24:
Cuba - D.R. Congo 29-19 (14-10)
D.R. Congo finished as no. 24 and last at the World Championship as the team lost the match on Monday versus Cuba with ten goals.
The Congolese got ahead 1-0, but that was the end and the rest of the match took was a one-sided performance where the Cubans were faster, technically better and tactically smarter than their African opponents.
Again playmaker Eyatne Rizo was outstanding and was the Cuban scorer with eight goals. But it was her teammate - six goal shooter Gleinys Reyes who was named player of the match.
Tunisia-Kazakhstan 39-23 (16-12)
Not unexpectedly the African champions Tunisia won the battle for 20th place at the World Championship, as they Monday defeated Kazakhstan with 39-23 after leading by 16-12 at the interval.
Kazakhstan started off well in the first ten minutes where they went ahead 5-4, but then the Tunisians took total control of the game. And in the last 50 minutes it was only a matter of how big the African win would be.
As so often before Mouna Chebbah was the runway dominant figure with six goals and numerous assists to her name before the break. But in the second half she was rested and then Amal Hamrouni among others took over. She scored nine times and was named player of the match.