World Handball Championship: Germany lost to Norway

It occurred: the choice of the German Handball Federation (DHB) suffered its first defeat on the World Handball Championships in Poland and Sweden. Of course, there are not any important penalties, as a result of in Gdańsk he already certified for the quarter-finals. Not disappointing both, because the Germans have been on par with Scandinavia’s high staff in a high-stakes recreation performed at a frenetic tempo at instances.

In the top, the German handball gamers virtually lost with the rating 26:28 (16:18), have been offended about this defeat and will do away with it. National coach Alfred Gislason stated: “It’s very disappointing how we reacted with our actual alternatives.” Yuri Knorr additionally complained: “The means the sport is performed annoys us all.”

The beginning place was clear: two beforehand unbeaten groups in the primary spherical of Group 3 went head-to-head to win the group – the winner will keep away from the French within the quarter-finals on Wednesday. Now it is down to the German staff, who will play in opposition to France. The Norwegians face Spain, which can be not a straightforward opponent, however it appears to be like attainable.

Knorr scores very properly within the first half, with Sagosen sitting on the bench quite a bit

Rune Damke, THW Kiel’s left winger, has been a little bit of a shock within the beginning line-up, earlier than which Lucas Mertens was at all times most well-liked. A good suggestion from the nationwide coach, as a result of Damke scored the primary aim for Germany, who have been nervous in regards to the recreation. In stark distinction to the Norwegians, who shortly received 4:1. But then there was Juri Knorr: the German playmaker proved to be a terrific participant, and at instances it appeared as if he wished to show that he wasn’t simply the opposite facet we see in Sander Sagosen, the most effective participant on the planet.

But Knorr performed like he was on. He tricked the ball into the circle or scored himself with a double – seven of his eight targets got here earlier than halftime. Sagosen, then again, has spent an unusually very long time on the bench and his companies haven’t been wanted in the interim. Norway performed quick, shot safely and supplied sturdy assist for Leipzig’s Christian Saveras aim within the Bundesliga. Although Knorr led his staff a number of instances and tied the rating, it was by no means sufficient to take the lead: the Scandinavians led virtually 18:16 on the break.

The protection was higher within the second half, however the assault was an issue. Because regardless that goalkeeper Andreas Wolff has stepped again into world-class play, his facet have missed too many possibilities. Whether he was free from the circle, exterior or on the again, there have been quite a lot of missed possibilities to go ahead – and former Flensburg participant Torbjörn Bergerud was within the Norwegian aim and really sturdy. Bergerud as soon as confronted Johannes Golla and Patrick Grotzky inside seconds. “We throw every part on the goalie,” Gislason lamented.

With ten minutes to go, Germany had one other breakthrough: Djibril M’Benge served Yannick Kohlbacher, 24:25. But the subsequent setback adopted instantly: Luka Witzke noticed a crimson card for kicking Kevin Gulliksen from the unlucky proper wing. The Scandinavians took benefit of this blow and scored two fast targets to safe a slim victory.


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