Seven European teams closing in on Wch
This weekend saw the first leg of the nine European play-off being played and the results indicate that real excitement only remains as far as two of the nine tickets for the championships are concerned.
In Dessau, Germany the Russian team got away with a narrow 22-20 win and are of course favourites to take the overall triumph, but that remains to be seen Saturday in Astrachan.
EURO 2014 bronze medalists Sweden also got a small away win as the defeated Croatia 24-23 after a match where the Swedes had been trailing the home side for most of the 60 minutes.
But apart from these results it looks as if Hungary, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Poland, Romania and Montenegro will qualify for the tournament in Denmark.
Results from 1st leg of the European qualification were as follows:
Austria – Hungary 20-33
Spain – Slovakia 25-19
France – Slovenia 27-20
The Netherlands – Czech Republic 33-23
Ukraine – Poland 18-24
Serbia – Romania 26-32
Germany – Russia 20-22
Croatia – Sweden 23-24
Montenegro – Iceland 28-19