Macedonia beat Japan in its first game of the World handball championship in Munich. Coach Raul Gonzales’ team was confident throughout the game against fast Japanese players and Borko Ristoski was excellent on goal, helping the team to a 38:29 win.

Captain Kiril Lazarov, pivot Stojance Stoilov and Dejan Manaskov all made their contributions to the win.

Macedonia had a solid lead of 18 goals to 13 at the half time and only grew more confident in the second half.