Action began today at the 2019 IBSA Goalball European Championships Group A in Rostock ©IBSA Goalball/Twitter

Germany's men's beat Spain as action began today at the 2019 International Blind Sports Federation Goalball European Championships Group A in Rostock.

The 2018 world silver medallists and hosts triumphed 9-4 in the Group B clash at the Stadthalle Rostock.

There was also an opening-day win for Germany in the women's event, beating The Netherlands 10-2 in Group Y.

A group of 10 men's and 10 women's teams from 15 countries are going for glory, with the added bonus of Tokyo 2020 slots for those not already qualified.

For some sides, it is their last chance to qualify for the Paralympic Games, while others entering the competition are more relaxed.

Group games continue through to Thursday (October 10).

The quarter-finals for both the men’s and women’s events take place on Friday (October 11) and will be followed by the semi-finals on Saturday (October 12).

The medal games conclude the competition on Sunday (October 13).