TODAY'S QUARTER FINALS:
Denmark - Romania 30-31 (26-26) (14-17)
One of the biggest dramas in this tournament. Decided in the very last second by Romanian right wing Adriana Nechita.
But it was her team mate Cristina Neagu who stole the scene at a jam packed Jyske Bank Boxen as she scored no less than 15 goals.
The Romanians quickly got a 2-0 lead and it was not until two minutes of play in extra time that the home team had its only lead of the match.
Drama throughout the whole encounter and it culminated in the very last second of the 60 minutes when Neagu missed a penalty with Danish goalkeeper Rikke Poulsen making a brilliant save.
Danish coach Klavs Bruun Joergensen tried every measure in the book trying to stop Neagu but there was no way of preventing the Romanian star giving a world class performance.
Romania now meets Norway in the semifinal Friday while Denmark will play Montenegro in the first match for placement 5-8.
With a 26-25 win Norway qualified for the semifinal in the World Championship after a well played and exciting game against Montenegro.
Montenegro started best and led by three goals with left-back Marija Jovanovic as the dominant figure before the Norwegians started getting their defense in order and found high pace in attack.
Along the way, Norway had to change the goalkeeper after Kari Grimsbø had a ball in the head, but Silje Solberg went straight in and saved a couple of obvious chances for Montenegrins.
Stine Oftedal controlled the attack and five minutes before the break, it looked as though the Norwegians would decide the match already in the first half.
Montenegro came at 13-12 just after the interval, but a red card to Suzana Lazovic weakened the Montenegrin defensive early in the second half.
But in attack the Balkan team was still dangerous and after 36 minutes they reached both the 15-15 and 16-15 on two identical goals by Milena Raicevic.
Amanda Kurtović showed character with some terrific scores for Norway after both teams had abused a penalty the Norwegians were back in front by two goals.
Montenegro came at 21-21, but despite being a man outnumbered the Norwegians had a new lead and when Katarina Bulatovic abused a penalty three minutes before time with the Norwegians leading 25-23 the match was more or less settled.
Poland - Russia 21-20 (11-9)
The first really big sensation in the tournament occurred at Jyske Bank Boxen as underdogs Poland qualified for the semifinals by defeating Russia's huge favorites 21-20 after the Poles had led for major parts of the match.
From start Poland went ahead 4-1, but the Russians reached 6-6 before the Poles with a fantastic Monika Kobylinska at right-back pulled off again.
The tendency continued after the break until Russia scored five goals in a row. The Russian lead of 17-15 looked like being decisive but once again Kobylinska hit back alongside veteran Karolina Kudlacz-Gloc and not least goalkeeper Weronika Gawlik who was honored as player of the match.
The Netherlands - France (15-12)
For the first time ever The Netherlands have qualified among the final four teams at an international championship when they beat France in the first quarterfinal Wednesday.
The two teams started at a furious pace without much focus on defense and after six minutes the score was 4-4 and the two sides were all square for the first 25 minutes.
Towards the end of the first half the Dutch had a gap of four goals at 15-11 - primarily because of excellent play of pivot Yvette Broch and Estavana Polman in the back. She also had to play goalkeeper after she had failed to come out on the bench after a scoring when her team was one player short.
With a very strong Allison Pineau as the major inspiration the French came up to minus one goal a few times after the break, but when the game really was on the verge, the Dutch goalkeeper Tess Wester pulled some terrific saves out her sleeve.
She was subsequently named the player of the match.