In Group D in Leipzig, hosts Germany faced Serbia in the third round of the IHF Women’s Handball World Championship. Before the match, both teams won their matches: Serbia defeated China and Cameroon while Germany overcame Cameroon and South Korea. Germany took a lightning start while Serbia was pushed forward by captain Katarina Krpez Slezak who scored 5 out of Serbia’s 6 goals. Slowly, Serbia came back in the second part of the first half and also took over the lead, for the sadness of the home fans. After the first half, the Serbians were leading by 2 goals (9-11). The second half brought some exciting times for the spectators. The both teams were going side by side but it was always Serbia being in front, the Germans had to run behind their opponent. Katja Kramarczyk entered the game very well in the last minutes of the first half and her spectacular and important saves helped her team back into the game. The decision was left for the final minutes of the game and when Germany scored a goal to make it 22-21 and Serbia lost the ball, the match was in the hands of the home team. Still the match had another turn: in the last attack, the German players made a technical foul that gave Serbia the chance to save a point and they didn’t miss the opportunity: with just a few seconds left from the game, Dragana Cvijic scored the equalizer. Serbia and Germany shared the points and both teams are qualified for the 1/8 finals of the world championship.
IHF Women’s Handball World Championship – Group D (Leipzig) – Round 3
Germany – Serbia 22-22 (9-11)
Germany: S. Huber 6(3), J. Karolius 3, A. Geschke 3, F. Gubernatis 2, L. Fischer 2, K. Wohlbold 2, X. Smits 2, A. Loerper 1, N. Mansson 1
Serbia: K. Krpez Slezak 7(2), J. Lavko 4(1), S. Radosavljevic 3, S. Damnjanovic 3(1), S. Pop-Lazic 2, D. Cvijic 2, T. Radojevic 1
Penalties: 3/3 ; 5/4
Suspensions: 12 minutes ; 8 minutes
Player of the match: Svenja Huber (GER)