World Championship – match review – Saturday Dec. 5th 2015
Denmark - Japan 30-21 (17-11)
12.000 spectators had shown up in Herning expecting to see their Danish darlings win the first match at the World Championship but after 12 minutes of play the score was still even at 7-7.
Then the home side had a fine spell and at half time all serious doubt had vanished as to who would actually win the match.
The Japanese never gave up and narrowed the gap somehow towards the end but still the Danes had a comfortable victory.
Best player award was presented to Stine Jorgensen of Denmark.
Hungary – Tunesia 39-20 (16-5)
Eva Kiss in the Hungarian goal was eminent from the start of the match and the Tunesians were more or less defeated in the middle of the 1st half.
The two teams went to the break with Hungary in the lead by 16-5 and though the African champions never gave up the Hungarian power was too strong.
In the end the Hungarian coach Andras Nemeth gave some of his key players a rest.
Player of the match was Zsuzanna Tomori.
Montenegro – Serbia 28-28 (16-14)
An exciting match between the two neighbours where Montenegro looked the stronger side until four minutes from the end.
Serbia were best in the beginning but suffered heavily from a direct red card to Jovana Stoiljkovic in the middle of the first half.
Montenegro had a lead of three goals until the Serbs in the closing minutes succeeded in closing the gap and after a terrific double opportunity missed by the Montenegrin team ten minutes before the end the Serbs even had the chance of winning. But the exciting match ended in a draw.
Sweden - Angola 37-23 (18-12)
Sweden were never behind in their opening match of Denmark 2015 as they overcame their Angolan opponents 37:23 in Naestved. After just 22 minutes Angolan Wuta Dombaxe was shown a direct red card. A great handicap for the Africans.
Nathalie Hagman, the Swedish right wing, was top scorer in the game with eight goals but it was a true team effort as goals rained in from all over the court with nine players scoring in total and Coach Thomas Sivertsson able to rotate his whole playing squad as they pulled away in the second half.
Best player of the match was Anna-Maria Johansson from Sweden.
Poland – Cuba 27-22 (12-11)
Cuba was close to a big result as the runners-up at the Pan American championship managed to hold Poland on level until 16-16 half way through the second half.
But then the Polish team decided the match. First of all because of the with in their squad and secondly because of their stronger physique.
Poland look just as strong as expected and Cuba can prove to be a tough challenge for everybody else in the group.
The Netherlands – China 42-21 (19-8)
Crowded house in Naestved as the vibrant Dutch team took its first victory at the championships by defeating China without any difficultt whatsoever.
The Chinese had a great physical challenge in attack and the Dutch very quickly on the break scoring a lot of goals rushing fast in counter attacks.
Especially Estevana Polman and the two topscorers Yvette Broch and Lois Abbingh – seven goals each – made an impressive performance.
Brazil - Korea 24-24 (10-12)
A goal from an "impossible" angle on the right wing secured the reigning world champions from Brazil a draw in the last Saturday game in Kolding.
Two minutes earlier the Koreans were 24-22 in the lead and had an open opportunity with the Brazilians only four field players on the pitch.
But the champions got the most out of a match where both teams proved their abilities and gave huge promises for the rest of the tournament.
France – Germany 30-20 (16-7)
France started by getting a comfortable lead and via 9-5 Les Bleus moved to a 16-7 lead at the interval in a match that turned out to be far less exciting than expected.
Amandine Leynaud was brilliant in goal for the French team and as usual the French defense was well organized and it looks as if France can be one of the main contestants for the world championship this time around.
Also outside the pitch the French spectators made a fine impression - as well as the travelling German fans.
Argentina – Congo 23-15 (11-10)
A colourful start to the games in Kolding where the local spectators supported the Congolese team from the very beginning creating a brilliant atmosphere.
First half was very equal with the South Americans in a small lead but after a direct red card to Congolese Lydia Musonda Kasangala shortly after the break the difference between the two teams began to emerge and the Argentinians had no difficulty winning by eight goals.
Russia - Norway 26-25 (12-14)
In a match that can only be labelled as world class Russia won their first two points at the World Championship by defeating European Champions Norway 26-25 after a Norwegian half time lead 14-12.
Norway once again showed well organized and brilliant collective play with Nora Mork and Heidi Loke as the great individualists.
But the Russians answered with very much the same weapons with wizard Anna Vyakhieva as one of the best scoring the decisive goal on penalty in the final minute.
Spain - Kazakhstan 31-10 (16-5)
The Spanish victory was never in any kind of danger as the Europeans raced away from the first minute.
Strong in defence, fast on the counter attacks and deadly in their finishing Spain were on top for all 60 minutes.
Also in the 2nd half when a number of key players were given a rest on the bench.
Romania – Puerto Rico 47-14 (23-3)
The half time score of 23 to 3 for the Romanians tells the story of two teams with quite different ranking in the world of handball.
As the only country in the world Romania has participated in all World Championships since the very beginning whereas Puerto Rico are new to the international competitions.
The audience in Frederikshavn will have to wait for excitement until other teams enter the court.