In East Berlin's Werner-Seelenbiner Hall on Thursday (February 28), the Soviet Union and East Germany both had good wins in the opening round of the World Handball Championships.
MV Pan East Germany in light shirt (left to right) begin game, attack Japanese goal (Japan in stripes) (2 shots)
GV Pan Japanese attack German goal, score
GV E. Germany attack, fouled, Germany penalty
GV E. Germany score from penalty, 1-1, pan scoreboard
SV & GV Japanese attack E. German goal score 2-1 scoreboard (3 shots)
SV Second period, Japan left to right, Japan attacks, E. Germany player picks up ball, through defences scores, applause
MV Scoreboard showing E. Germany defeated Japan 31.16
GV U.S.A. in light shirt playing left to right, U.S.S.R. in dark shirts playing right to left. U.S. in Soviet goal, cleared, Soviets score, crowd applauds (two shots)
GV Pan Soviet attacks goal keeper saves, ball cleared
GV (2nd Half) Soviet attack & score - referee (2 SHOTS)
GV Soviets score from penalty & GV Scoreboard: Russia 40 US 11 (2 SHOTS)
Initials SC/150 ???
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Background: In East Berlin's Werner-Seelenbiner Hall on Thursday (February 28), the Soviet Union and East Germany both had good wins in the opening round of the World Handball Championships.
East Germany beat Japan 31 points to 16 while Russia beat the United States 40 points to 11. Both teams were playing in he tough Group C.
In the other three groups Czechoslovakia beat Iceland and Denmark beat West Germany in Group A; Rumania beat Poland and Spain beat Sweden in Group B; and Yugoslavia beat Rumania and Hungary beat Algeria in Group D.
SYNOPSIS: In East Berlin's Werner-Seelenbinder Hall on Thursday, the eighth World handball Championships began with a match between the-hosts, East Germany, and Japan. The Germans in light shirts, attacked from left to right.
Early in the game, the Japanese surprised the Germans by dominating the play.
Hanawa soon put the Japanese one up.
But a few minutes later, during East Germany's first serious attack, a Japanese defender was penalised. The Germans made no mistake with the penalty.
With the scores level, the Japanese staged a series of attacks on the German goal. Kikuchi put his team two up.
Early in the second period, the Japanese team lost its cohesion. The East Germans began to overwhelm the Japanese goal mouth. Goals came in rapid succession. By full-time, the Germans had won thirty-one to sixteen.
Another match in Group C -- the same group as East Germany -- was between the U.S.S.R. in dark shirts and the United States -- playing from right to left. The Russians dominated from the start.
The young Russian team gave the Americans no time to recover the skill that had got them through the qualifying rounds.
In the second half, the Russians continued their attack on the American goal.
A final penalty gave the Russians a crushing win of forty points to eleven. After the performance, the Russians are rated one of the favourites to win the Championship in the finals on March tenth.