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Germany 29-21 Montenegro

January 16, 2013

Germany's handball team has brushed Montenegro aside by a score of 29-21. Coach Martin Heuberger's team did the damage with seven unanswered goals early in the second half. Germany face France next.

Montenegro's pivot Mladen Rakcevic (L) vies with Germany's centre back Martin Strobel (R) during the 23rd Men's Handball World Championships preliminary round Group A match Germany vs Montenegro at the Palacio de los Deportes de Granollers on January 16, 2013. (Photo: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Image: AFP/Getty Images

The German handball team secured their place in the last 16 of the world championships in Spain one game ahead of schedule on Wednesday, beating Montenegro by a comfortable scoreline of 29-21 in the Catalan city of Granollers.

The game was close in the first half, with the teams separated by just two goals at the break. Germany went on a tear soon after the re-start; with the score tied at 14, Germany hit seven without response to open an imposing lead that they ultimately held.

Goalie Silvio Heinevetter had a good game, pulling off nine saves compared to two by his opposite number Rade Mijatovic. The Germans scored with over 70 percent of their 41 shots, while Montenegro had 42 shots on goal and only converted half of them.

The Germans, coached by Martin Heuberger, currently top the group with three wins from a possible four. Second-placed France, however, were poised to overtake them if they could defeat Argentina in Wednesday's later fixture.

Both Germany and France are guaranteed a place in the knockout phases of the competition. The group leaders will face each other, playing for pride, in their final group match on Friday.

msh/hc (dpa, SID)