Group A's Serbia stamped their authority right from the first round and won easily 12-3, despite Romania fighting until the end (4-1, 2-0, 4-1, 2-1).
Croatia scored 14 times against 4 for the Russians (3-0, 3-1, 4-1, 4-2) for the first game of group B.
Group A: SRB 3 pts; ROU 0 pt; MNE 0 pt
Group B: CRO 3pts; RUS 0 pt; GER 0 pt
GROUP C: ESP 3 pts; NED 0 pt; HUN 0 pt
The second round of the European prelims will be played on December 12. Serbia will encountet their neighbours from Montenegro, Germany will play its first game against Russia and the Netherlands will face World Championships runner-up Hungary.