Ex-German national coach Dagur Sigurdsson has lost the opening game at the world Cup with Japan. In Munich, the Japanese 29:38 (13:18) in Macedon documents . The best launcher, the 38-year-old Macedonian Kiril Lazarov with eight goals.

The physical disadvantages compared to the more experienced Macedonians, the Japanese team was not able to compensate. Sigurdsson, who had led the German team in 2016 for the European championship, could be over long distances, however, with the performance of his team very happy, and some successful showed offensive actions.

Japan strikes in the remaining group games to Spain, Croatia, Iceland and Bahrain. The first three teams in the group move into the main round.

After the world Cup 2017 Sigurdsson had left the DHB-Team to Japan for the Olympic games in their own country to prepare. On Friday, there had been reports that a high-ranking Japanese officials launched an investigation procedures. The corruption allegation in connection with the awarding of the games to Japan.

outsider Angola has caused a Sensation in the football world Cup in Germany and Denmark. The third of the Africa defeated championship the former world Vice-champion Qatar in Copenhagen, quite surprisingly 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.

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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