Handball: Germany’s World Cup dreams are over against France

Status: 26.01.2023 12:54

German handball gamers anticipated a shock against Olympic champions France. But nothing got here of it. Despite a very good efficiency within the first spherical, the Germans certified for the semi-finals of the World Cup. In the tip, there was a defeat on the Gdansk Arena with a rating of 28:35 (16:16).

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Crucially, poor attacking play and poor attacking play within the second half proved decisive within the defeat, ending their long-awaited dream of a World Cup trophy. Germany is now solely combating for the fifth to eighth locations.

Golla: “We threw very badly”

“If you need to go to the semi-finals, we did not take any possibilities,” stated captain Johannes Golla, Germany’s high hurler who scored six targets against the French. His workforce took the following step ahead at this World Cup, “however we nonetheless have a protracted approach to go to absolutely the high of the world,” Golla stated.

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National coach Alfred Gislson was additionally dissatisfied: “We threw too badly. We did not have the facility to throw from the again just like the French,” stated the Icelander, who was usually glad with the event of his workforce. Now he and his workforce will attain the fifth place.

Goalkeeper Wolff with class parades

German handball gamers centered on the semi-final mission against the favorites in entrance of 5,500 spectators. Coach Alfred Gislason’s workforce performed properly from the beginning. From a constant objective and with goalkeeper Andreas Wolff in glorious kind once more, he repeatedly destroyed the French’s possibilities to shoot, Germany had been the higher workforce within the early phases.

In the fifteenth minute, Knorr, Golla and Co. took the lead 11:7. But it was quickly misplaced due to some errors within the assault, and the French tied the rating 11:11. The French “outdated” Nikola Karabatic continued to throw seven meters, and Nedim Remilly additionally prompted issues for the great German protection from the again.

“High velocity racing sport”

The tempo of the sport remained excessive. Both groups gave nothing away. If possibilities had been taken extra constantly, the German choice against the four-time world champions might have been higher than 16-16 on the break. The Germans weren’t totally glad with this.

“It was a sport with plenty of velocity and plenty of coronary heart from each side,” DHB board member Axel Cromer stated at half-time, “after 4 targets we misplaced too many possessions and took a little bit an excessive amount of threat. it’s essential to confront such an opponent.”

Goalkeeper Desbonne made an awesome save

Could the Germans maintain off against the title favourites? It seemed nice at first. Gislason’s workforce got here out of the dressing room bravely and pulled again till 20:18 after targets from Kai Hafner, Johannes Golla and Juri Knorr. But as within the first half, there have been few errors within the German sport. In addition, French backup goalkeeper Remy Desbonne, who changed Vincent Gerard within the first half, discovered his means into the sport and made the German hurlers despair.

France lead 18:20 to 23:20 (forty fourth). The Germans had been now unable to make up for this deficit, particularly as they didn’t right the small errors in assault and Desbonne continued to win within the French objective. In the tip, the HB Montpellier man even had a greater save than the equally excellent Andreas Wolff, who paid tribute: “He performed a unbelievable sport,” stated Wolff.

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In the offensive, Germany misplaced its rhythm and couldn’t maintain on any longer. At 30:25 a preliminary resolution was made within the 53rd minute. The French didn’t permit this benefit to be taken away and ultimately anticipated a straightforward and clear 35:28 victory.

Now against Egypt for deployment

France will now face Sweden within the semi-finals in Stockholm, whereas Germany will play for locations 5 by eight within the placement spherical. The subsequent opponent – additionally in Stockholm – is the African champion Egypt on Friday (27.01.2023, 15.30). If Germany wins, there shall be a match for fifth place on Sunday.

Source: sportschau.de

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