MHeart, ardour and excellent goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, Germany’s handball gamers have mastered their newest World Cup exploits and are again on the expanded world stage. In the tip, the workforce of nationwide coach Alfred Gislason beat Norway 28:24 (16:13) in Stockholm on Sunday and completed the event in fifth place. The prime hurlers for the DHB choice have been Luca Witzke, Johannes Golla and Kai Hafner with 5 objectives every.
In entrance of a crowd of 6,260 of their ninth recreation in 17 days, Germany bounced again from the opening recreation of the qualifying spherical towards Egypt, successful 35-34 in extra time on Friday. Although there was one or the opposite interval of weak spot, this time there was no recession. Experienced goalkeeper Wolff as soon as once more shined between the posts with a world-class efficiency. The 31-year-old saved lots of throws from the Norwegians, together with three seven-meter throws, giving nice safety to these in entrance of him.
Before the ultimate match, Gislason introduced the goalkeeper with an ideal World Cup certificates. “He behaved effectively,” the nationwide coach mentioned of Wolff’s efficiency within the finals in Poland and Sweden, confirming the non-public growth of the 2016 European champion: “He is mature, calm and extremely steady. It’s bold, however not as intense because it was a number of years in the past.”
“It was very refreshing”
Wolff’s teammates additionally awoke unusually early and confirmed a extra centered efficiency on protection and offense. Juri Knorr managed the sport rigorously once more and confirmed Wits very effectively on his lengthy breaks. Lukas Stutzke, who was launched later, was additionally a scoring menace from the backfield.
The duo scored three objectives within the first half-hour and have been instrumental in a three-goal lead on the break. “It was refreshing from each of them,” praised DHB sporting director Axel Cromer at half-time. After the change, the DHB decide discovered themselves even six objectives behind as Wolff continued to carry out at his highest stage and now beat Hafner in entrance. In the ultimate levels, power and focus waned barely, however ultimately Gislason’s protégés have been in a position to rejoice.
Before the beginning of the sport, Cromer had a constructive steadiness within the World Cup. The workforce “labored nearer to the highest of the world. We are within the closest space of the pursuers,” mentioned the 46-year-old. But you continue to do not have “the breadth of expertise and squads that good groups have.” This ought to change subsequent 12 months when the European Championship in Germany will increase. DHB president Andreas Michelmann mentioned: “The goal must be to go one step additional and break into the highest 4.”