On Thursday, two of our Parisians - from the tournament's host nations - got the 2019 World Cup under way. Uwe Gensheimer's Germany and Mikkel Hansen's Denmark both claimed opening-day victoires in a clean sweep for Les Rouge et Bleu.
Unified Korea - Germany: 19-30
At the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, die Mannschaft got off to the perfect start against a side making their first-ever World Cup appearance. After taking control of the match early and fending off their opponents' efforts, Uwe Gensheimer and his teammates broke free just before the break (10-17). They widened the gap in the second half to run out comfortable winners - with Uwe top-scoring in the match with 7 from 8 - in what was a great start to their campaign. Next up they face Brazil, on Saturday afternoon.
Chile - Denmark: 16-39
Meanwhile Mikkel Hansen matched Uwe's attacking haul as reigning Olympic Champions Denmark smothered Chile on Thursday evening. The match was already all but over at the break (4-22), and while the South Americans mobilised better in attack in the second term, it didn't stop the Scandinavians from winning by a whopping 23 goals (16-39). Paris Saint-Germain Handball pivot Henrik Toft Hansen, suffering from a groin strain, did not participante in the win, but will be hoping for a return to action as Denmark take on Tunisia at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning on Saturday.
Sikke da en start på VM for de danske håndboldherrer 👏 Chile bliver besejret med 39-16 i en fantastisk ramme i Royal Arena 🇨🇱🇩🇰 Vi ses i Boxen i Herning på lørdag. #hndbld #håndbold #handball19 pic.twitter.com/R1ICJqT6mJ— Dansk Håndbold Forbund (@dhf_haandbold) 10 janvier 2019
On Friday, a number of Paris Saint-Germain Handball's other representatives being their campaigns. Coach Raul Gonzalez's Macedonia take on Japan, Luka Stepancic's Croatia do battle with Iceland, Kim Ekdahl du Rietz should turn out for Sweden against Egypt and our two Spaniards, Rodrigo Corrales et Viran Morros, battle Bahrain while Sander Sagosen and his Norway side face off against Tunisia. To close out the opening round, reigning World Champions France, featuring Nedim Remili, Luc Abalo and Luka Karabatic, get things started against Brazil at 20:30 CET
(Credits: J. Azouze/PSG)