One of the numerous preparation tournaments for the European Championships in Split started in Germany.
The three-nation tournament, with the participation of Germany, Montenegro, and World champion Spain, is played in the state (region) of North Rhine-Westphalia in Western Germany. The games will be played in three different venues.
Today, Montenegro and Germany faced off in Krefeld. Montenegro beat the hosts convincingly – 12:7. The Montenegrins stormed past Germany in the first half. At the middle break, the visitors had a 7:1 lead. But, that wasn’t the end of their series. Konstantin Averka opened the third period with two goals for 9:1. Matkovic made it 10:1. The Germans “woke up” in the middle of the third quarter and reduced the gap to five.
Montenegro played without some of the most experienced players – Marko Petkovic, Uros Cuckovic and Aleksa Ukropina.
Tomorrow, the tournament moves to Dusseldorf. Montenegro and Spain will play in the pool in Rheinbad. The competition ends with the game Germany-Spain in the Uerdigen district of the city of Krefeld.
Germany – Montenegro 7:12 (0:2, 1:5, 2:3, 4:2)
Germany: Kuppers 2, Stamm 1, Cuk 1, Jungling 1, Strelezkij 1, Schipper 1.
Montenegro: Averka 4, Mrsic 3, Matkovic 2, Perkovic 1, Vidovic 1, Spaic 1