The Netherlands has won the 10th IKF World Korfball Championship. In a fully packed Lotto Arena in Antwerp (BEL), the Netherlands eventually managed to win a match that was closely contested until in the 41st minute the Netherlands managed to create a 4-point margin that the fiercely fighting Belgians were unable to close. The final score was 18-27.
Close to 5,000 fans watched the match, with the 3,000 Belgians joined by a substantive 1,000+ crowd that came to support their team from the Netherlands.
The Belgian team were also supported by H.M. King Filip, who was introduced to both teams before the match and presented the Nico Broekhuijsen World Cup to captain Tim Bakker of the Netherlands after the match.
Match winners on the Dutch side were Richard Kunst with 8 goals and Marjolijn Kroon with 6, while Laurens Leeuwenhoek defensively controlled Belgian star Nick Jansens to only 3 goals. Jesse De Bremaeker scored 7 Belgian goals but it was insufficient for the Diamonds to regain their 1991 world title.