13th January 2017
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Day 2 of the Men’s World Championships in France saw wins for Russia, Spain, Slovenia, Norway and Macedonia.
In Group A Russia beat Japan 39-29. Japan matched Russia for the first 40 minutes, trailing by just 25-24 with 20 minutes to go. However, Vadim Bogdanov in the Russian goal stemmed Japan’s scoring, while Russia hit their opponents on the fast break, to open up a lead and take the win.
Also in Group A, Norway sneaked past Poland 22-20, Kristian Bjornsen scoring the Norway’s final two goals to give them victory.
In Group B Spain came back from a 10-12 deficit to beat Iceland 27-21. However, Spain were a different side after the break with left-back Joan Canellas particularly influential.
Macedonia beat Tunisia 34-30 in Group B. Tunisia enjoyed a narrow lead until the last quarter. However, Macedonian keeper Blagojce Trajkovski produced a series of good saves to help turn the tables, while Macedonia enjoyed a scoring streak of five unanswered goals.
The other Group B match pitched Slovenia against Angola, Slovenia winning 42-25. Angola took an early 4-2 lead. However, Slovenia began to find their rhythm and led 22-13 at the break. They continued to extend their advantage after the break to record a comfortable victory.