outsiders Angola has caused a small Sensation in the football world Cup in Germany and Denmark. The third of the championship, defeated the former Vice-champion of Qatar in Copenhagen, quite surprisingly, with 24:23 (12:8). For Angola it was the fourth world Cup participation, only the second preliminary round victory. 14 years ago, the Africans celebrated their first success against Canada.

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Rome Hebo was with seven goals and match-winner of the Angolan people, which had occupied two years ago at the world Cup in France, after seven defeats in seven Games is still the last place. Midway through the second half of the outsider was at 17:13, scoring four goals in front, but the Asian Champions turned the game and went just before the end with 23:22 lead. But Angola struck back with two goals in the dramatic final phase. Qatar is in group D, already under tremendous pressure. At the world Championships in 2015 (quarter-finals) and 2017 (second round) had finished Qatar, the medal dream in the selection of the German handball Federation (DHB).

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The former German national coach Dagur Sigurdsson has meanwhile messed up with Japan for the start of the tournament. The Olympic host in 2020 was subject of Macedonia in Munich, despite an overall good performance with 29:38 (13:18). Macedonia has made the victory a first step towards the main round. The best launcher of EM-Eleventh of the 38-year-old Kiril Lazarov with eight goals.

Sigurdsson, who had led the German handball player of 2016, sensational to the European title could be with the performance of his team over long distances satisfied. The physical disadvantages against the more experienced Macedonians could not compensate for his Team. The nimble Asians impressed in front of 7500 spectators with some successful offensive actions.

“We were brave and had fun. We didn’t have but the size and the body. It was to be expected, it will be in the next Play. Phase manner, we have made it good,“ said Sigurdsson. In group B, the mitfavorisierten former world Champions Spain and Croatia as well as Iceland and Bahrain are waiting for the Japanese. The first three teams pull in the main round and will meet three Teams from the German group A.