Germany – France 11:16 (2:2 2:5 3:6 4:3)
France defeated Germany 16:11 in the last match of the group stage of the World League
European Qualifications and won 1st place in Group B with six points. Then Spain finished in 2nd
place and for Germany the last place.
So now France will play against Montenegro and Spain will face Hungary in the quarterfinals of the
European Final – 8 (April 28-30).
After France won against Spain and Spain won against Germany, the German team needed a
victory with a large score to qualify for the Final Eight. The match was an even match up to 3:3
until the first part of the second period. After that, the French scored four consecutive goals and
went ahead in the score (7:3). In the third period the French team scored two goals again with
Marzouki with extra player and with Thomas Vernoux taking a five-goal lead (9:4). At the end of
this period, France were ahead with 6 goals in total. In the last period, the Germans tried to raise
their heads but the match was already in the hands of the French team which with this victory
secured the solitary first place in the group. Vernoux with 5 goal was the best scorer of the match.