Russia-Denmark 16-16 at half time, dramatic turn-around by Maximov’s men give Russia, the Olympic champions, a good chance of making the next Olympic games.
Group 1 Spain-Qatar (40-15); Iceland-Poland (33-29) Spain and Iceland go through to the next round
Group 2 Germany-Tunisia (30-21); Yugoslavia-Portugal (30-28) Germany and Yugoslavia go through
Group 3 Croatia-Egypt (29-23); Denmark-Russia (28-35) Croatia qualify, Russia have to beat Egypt to go through to last eight
Group 4 Sweden-Hungary (33-32); France-Slovenia (31-22 ) Sweden and France
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had had a few fights and used strong language because of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014