Denmark - Hungary 22-29 (12-15)
A sold out Jyske Bank Boxen with 12.000 spectators had a hard time from the very start of this vital match - and so did the until tonight undefeated Danish team.
An outstanding Zita Szucsanszki - scoring eight goals in 30 minutes- was in a class of her own in the first half where the Hungarians cruised to a 15-12 lead that could easily have been quite a lot bigger.
After the interval the Danes fought hard to get on level terms with their opponents, but a lot of technical errors prevented them in doing so and instead the Hungarians shortly before the end established a ten goal lead.
Zita Szucsanszki was of course honoured as player of the match.
Serbia – Japan 27-22 (13-12)
A match of immense importance as the loser would face big difficulties reaching the last 16.
The two teams went neck by neck for the first 40 minutes but at 16-16 the Serbs scored four times without a Japanese answer.
Once again Serbian right wing Katarina Krpez Slezak was a dominant figure scoring six goals but Japanese Mayuko Ishitate was awarded player of the match
Japan at two points still have the chance of going into the knock out fase but right now they don’t have the matter in their own hands. Serbia at three points are not a 100 per cent sure of advancing but look likely to play Sunday or Monday for a place amond the top eight.
Montenegro – Tunesia 37-26 (19-12)
Probably Tunesia’s best match so far but it was not enough to be a real threat to the Montenegrin team in the long run.
Tunesia stayed in the game until 7-8 half way through the 1st half. The the African champions had a hard time – especially in defence. The Montenegrin side showed great physique with player of the match Jovanka Radicevic being outstanding.
Montenegro now have seven points from their first four games whereas Tunesia is without points.
Sweden - China
A match that was more or less decided after 15 minuted by a Swedish lead of 8-3.
The yellow Swedes kept up a high pace and 25 goals at half time tells the story of a Chinese defense that could have been more solid than was the case.
After the interval the Swedes aimed for the magical 50 goal mark but had to settle for 47 with their own defense not playing at full strength all the time.
Jessica Roberts from Sweden scored ten goals and was elected player of the match.
Angola – Poland 27-29 (15-11)
A very important encounter where the winner would definitively secure a place among the last 16. And for the first two thirds of the match the Africans by far had the upper hand.
In the first half Angola twice had a lead of five goals but the Poles are well renowned for never giving up and at 17-17 they had contact with their opponents.
Angola recovered the lead but in the final minutes Polad had both the nerves, the ability and the luck with top scorer Agnieszka Kocela scoring the decisive goal 80 seconds from the final whistle.
Poland now have six points from their four matches. And Angola with two point on Friday face China in a head to head for a place in the knock out stage of the tournament.
Cuba – The Netherlands 23-45 (13-20)
For probably and hopefully the only time in the history of handball finals the crowd witnessed a team play in bibs as Holland and Cuba Wednesday met in Naestved.
Both teams showed up in white shirts, and then the Dutch had to wear yellow vests for the first ten minutes of the match, until new jerseys were obtained and could be changed during a timeout.
At that time the Dutch were in the lead by three goals and after 26 minutes the Dutch favourites were only two goals in the lead until they scored five times in a row to put an end to all speculations.
Lois Abbingh scored eight times for her Dutch team and was named player of the match