Germany's handball players drew against Russia and thus missed the chance to qualify early for the main round with the third victory. After victories over Korea and Brazil, the DHB selection against Russia did not go beyond 22:22 (12:10).
Germany took the lead in the first half and also took a two-goal lead into the break. In the second round, the team had in the meantime four goals more than the opponent. Afterwards, the players became increasingly negligent in the conclusion and failed several times to goalkeeper Victor Kireev. In addition to the keeper, the outstanding Russian left winger Timur Dibirov scored eight goals for his team.
Best launcher of the German was captain Uwe Gensheimer, who also scored eight goals. With the last chance of the game Germany had still had the opportunity by free-throw to decide the game in his favor, but Steffen Fäth failed the Russian block.
With five points from three games, the German team has good chances to move into the main round even after the draw with Russia in the remaining two games. On Tuesday plays the DHB selection against France (20.30 clock, live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: ZDF), Thursday she meets Serbia (18 clock, live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: The FIRST).