The first day of the EHF EURO 2018 qualification has already brought a surprise result: Germany almost got burnt against Lithuania in Oldenburg. Lithuania was anything but easy to beat for the Germans: after a balanced first half, Lithuania was leading 14-11 after the first 30 minutes. In most of the second half, the guests had the control and the lead, and when Lithuania had a 6-goal lead with 10 minutes left from the match, the German situation seemed to be almost hopeless. However, in the last period of the game, the team of Michael Biegler made a big comeback and equalized with just one minute left. In the last minute, both teams had the chance to decide the match in their favor, but none of them managed to score the deciding goal. Germany saved a point with a big run in the last 5-10 minutes, still it is Lithuania that can be happier with the result. This one point can mean a lot for them in the end.
In the other match of the group, Spain defeated Turkey without any problem.
EHF EURO 2018 – Qualification Group 6 – Round 1
Germany – Lithuania 26-26 (11-14)
Germany: Bölk 6, Geschke 5, Smits 5, Hubinger 3, Karolius 2, Kramer 2, Mazzucco 2, Fischer 1
Lithuania: Gedroit 9, Ivanauskaite 5, Ivanauskaite 3, Bernataviciute 3, Jurgutyte 2, Kniubaite 2, Sadauskaite 2, Kavaliauskaite 1
Spain – Turkey 35-16 (18-7)
Best scorer for Spain: C. Martin 12
Best scorer for Turkey: M. Adiyaman 5