In the first game Germany played Poland. Poland withstood the German pressure for the first 13 minutes but Germany led 9-5 at half time and in the half Germany outplayed Poland to win 17-11. The second game started with a Portuguese hurricane whilst the Turks seemed to be enjoying their holidays. The Turks woke up after 15 minutes, by then losing 0-9, and the game became more equal. However, Portugal defended this difference until the end with final result 19-10.
After a very nice Opening Ceremony, the host Czech team challenged Belgium by scoring first in the game, but that is all we can say about the Czechs. After a half time 15-4 score line Belgium showed their clear domination and earned a final 29-12 result. The next game between the Netherlands and Russia included an interesting performance by Dmitri Petrukhin (RUS) with him scoring more than 50 % of Russian goals, but the Dutch had no doubts about their position ending with a 35-11 win (H/T 18-5). But the best came at the end of the first day, when Hungary played Catalonia. Almost the whole game had no team having more than two goals difference. After the Catalan’s lead at half time 6-5, it was Hungary leading 14-11 with seven minutes left but Catalonia pushed back, ending 15-15 after full time. In extra time, we had Hungary scored in their first attack, while the Catalans couldn’t match and the Czardas dance could start after a Golden Goal win.