DHB dream shattered – Germany lost to France

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 workforce 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 an extended and intense sport. National coach Alfred Gislason’s workforce lost to Olympic champions and document 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 choice should proceed its anticipate the primary valuable steel on the World Cup since its gold triumph 16 years in the past. Because what occurred towards the French was precisely what mustn’t occur towards a workforce like this: too many errors. Despite the defeat, the younger workforce, whose captain Johannes Golla was high scorer with six targets, continues their World Cup journey with a conflict towards African champions Egypt in Stockholm on Friday.

Alfred Gislason: The nationwide coach and his workforce are solely going to the fifth place within the World Cup. (Source: IMAGO/Marcin Bulanda)

“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 means, attributing the loss to his workforce “operating out of breath” within the second half.

5500 spectators in Gdańsk

It was recognized prematurely that the German nationwide workforce will go to this sport towards France solely as an outsider. France is the document world champion, Olympic champion and has gained all of the video games on this World Cup earlier than. 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 The 31-12 months-outdated confirmed his excellent kind towards France, having carried out nicely in earlier video games on the match in Poland and Sweden.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 Be it Dika Mem, Nedim Remili or outdated star Nikola Karabatic: Gil has some distinctive handball gamers.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.

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Yannick Kohlbacher (centre): Despite an ideal effort, the German runner and DHB choice ended up within the quarter-finals of the World Cup. (Source: IMAGO/Piotr Matusewicz)

At least for a very long time. It was solely within the closing interval that the DHB workforce allowed an extended interval of weak spot 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 went on the assault and wasted no time. When Germany wasn’t on the offensive, the French had been. He went backwards and forwards. And it was tight.

“A really tight sport with a variety of tempo and a variety of coronary heart from each side,” DHB sporting director Axel Cromer stated at half-time. “To have each alternative to beat the Olympic champions at half-time is definitely an ideal factor.”

Knorr’s playful aptitude

The actions of twenty-two-12 months-outdated Yuri Knorr had been as soon as once more shocking. The youngest member of the German nationwide workforce directed the assaults of the DHB choice towards this world-class opponent. On high of that, he transformed nearly each pitch he threw. Knorr in assault and Wolff in objective: the duo have already certified for DHB by way of the match with their sturdy performances.

But this time it was not sufficient. Because within the closing interval, precisely what occurred on the finish of the second half: too many technical fouls. And the workforce from the highest of the world makes use of them mercilessly.

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