German handball gamers reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship. Goalkeeper Andreas Wolf was once more the man of the evening in the 33:26 (15:12) recreation in opposition to the Netherlands.
Alfred Gislason threw his arms up in the air, then hugged goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, the nationwide coach, and celebrated the quarter-final in full isolation together with his match winner and the total German workforce.
“It was crucial to get to the quarter-finals. It’s good to get there early,” Gislason stated after the 33:26 (15:12) “ZDF” and praised Wolff for “a fantastic recreation. But I additionally like the protection, Julian Köster and Johannes Gollamen must be praised for his glorious play from the central block.
A collection of spectacular saves, three from seven meters, and a near 50 % retention fee, Wolff led the German workforce to victory in the first half. “Now the subsequent purpose is to beat Norway,” stated the German help earlier than Monday’s remaining recreation of the fundamental spherical in opposition to World Cup favorites Norway (20:30 / ARD) – after which to win the group.
On the different hand, Wolff doesn’t need to get his hopes up for Wednesday’s quarter-finals in opposition to Olympic champions France or European runners-up Spain: “We should go full throttle for the first time after which preserve that move.”
Defensive sacrificial struggle
In entrance of round 5,000 spectators in Katowice on Saturday evening, playmaker Juri Knorr was named the greatest hurler of the DHB choice, who had been as soon as once more convincing as a workforce with 9 targets. A facet impact of reaching the quarterfinals: It additionally ensures Germany a spot in the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Unlike earlier World Cup video games, the assault nonetheless lacked effectivity in the early phases. But the DHB males made up for the preliminary technical errors and put up a selfless struggle in protection.
Youngster Julian Köster specifically had a really stable efficiency in opposition to the sizzling Dutch facet alongside Johannes Golla in the center block. As Wolff additionally had a fantastic day in purpose, Oranje’s shorter gamers akin to Dani Baijens (1.82m), Magdeburg’s Kay Smits (1.85m) and star playmaker Luke Staines (1.72m) barely made it previous Paris Saint-Germain.
All the stress was launched with the goalkeeper’s first scream when Wolff first actually broke 4-4 and cleared a seven-meter throw. The first cry to begin the German assault. Because consequently, the German nationwide workforce monitored the rhythm and tempo of the recreation each minute.
Knorr claims accountability for the assault
Whether it was due to the seven meters or due to his concept of controlling the recreation: Knorr all the time took accountability in assault. Twelve minutes later, he scored the first German purpose (5:4), making it 13:10 shortly earlier than the break, virtually inevitable.
After the line-up, Germany bought off to a dream begin in Katowice, successful 5-0 at 20:12 (thirty ninth). While many German followers had been singing victory songs, some regulars akin to Knorr and wingers Lukas Mertens and Patrik Grotzky had been now taking their first breaths. The recreation is set.
Netherlands – Germany 26:33 (12:15). – Netherlands: Smits (6), Steins (5), on Velde (4), Baijens (2), Versteinen (2), Schagen (2), Benganem (2), Stavast (2), Ravensbergen (1) – Germany : Wolff (Kielce), Birlech (Rhein-Neckar Leuven) – Knorr (Rhein-Neckar Leuven/9/6), Hafner (Melsungen/4), Grotzky (Rhein-Neckar Leuven/5), Mertens (Magdeburg/1), Golla (Flensburg/4), Koster (Gummersbach/4), Kolbacher (Rhein-Neckar Leuven/1), Weber (Magdeburg/2), Witzke (Leipzig/1), Damke (Kiel), Drucks (Berlin), Ernst ( Leipzig), M’Benge (Bergischer HK), Steinert (Erlangen/2)