The excessive flight of German handball gamers is over. In the quarter-finals of the World Cup, France proved to be an excessive amount of for the DHB staff regardless of their finest efforts.
The finish of the medal dream: German handball gamers certified for the semi-finals of the World Championship regardless of a protracted and intense sport. National coach Alfred Gislason’s staff lost to Olympic champions and file world champions France 28-35 (16-16) within the quarter-finals on Wednesday and at the moment are solely combating for locations 5 to eight.
The DHB qualifiers should proceed to wait for his or her first treasured steel on the World Cup since their gold triumph 16 years in the past. Because what occurred towards the French was precisely what mustn’t occur towards a staff like this: too many errors. Despite the defeat, the younger staff, whose captain Johannes Golla is prime scorer with six targets, continues their World Cup journey with a conflict towards African champions Egypt in Stockholm on Friday.
“You can see that there’s nonetheless a great distance to go to the highest of the world,” concluded Captain Golla on ZDF. Coach Gislson felt the identical manner, attributing the loss to his staff “operating out of breath” within the second half.
5500 spectators in Gdańsk
It was recognized prematurely that the German nationwide staff will go to this sport towards France solely as an outsider. France was the file world champion, Olympic champion and gained all of the video games on this world cup. The roles had been clearly distributed in Gdańsk in entrance of roughly 5,500 spectators. Only: You didn’t see this at first. Because the DHB choice began the sport brilliantly.
This was additionally influenced by Andreas Wolff’s sturdy efficiency in objective from the beginning. The 31-12 months-previous confirmed his excellent kind towards France, having carried out nicely in earlier video games on the event in Poland and Sweden. Wolff returned a number of photographs from the opponent, which was the idea for the German sport.
In the sixteenth minute, the choice of DHB even led with 4 targets (11:7), and France coach Guillaume Gilles took the primary half. Be it Dika Mem, Nedim Remili or previous star Nikola Karabatic: Gil has some distinctive handball gamers. What the French can do in protection and assault, they confirmed towards the Germans. But they had been towards it.
At least for a very long time. It was solely within the remaining interval that the DHB staff allowed an extended interval of weak point which France exploited mercilessly. Soon after the primary French time-out, technical errors formed the German sport for the primary time: in about three minutes, the Olympic champions equalized Germany’s first clear lead.
At the start, the duel was fought at a maddening tempo. Both groups attacked and wasted no time. When Germany wasn’t on the offensive, the French had been. He went forwards and backwards. And it was tight.
“A really tight sport with a number of tempo and a number of coronary heart from either side,” DHB sporting director Axel Cromer mentioned at half-time. “To have each alternative to beat the Olympic champions at half-time is actually an important factor.”
Knorr’s playful aptitude
The actions of twenty-two-12 months-previous Yuri Knorr had been as soon as once more shocking. The youngest member of the German nationwide staff directed the assaults of the DHB choice towards this world-class opponent. On prime of that, he transformed nearly each pitch he threw. Knorr in assault and Wolff in objective: the duo have already managed to qualify for DHB by the event with their sturdy performances.
But this time it was not sufficient. Because within the remaining interval, precisely what occurred on the finish of the second half: too many technical fouls. And the staff from the highest of the world makes use of them mercilessly.