Germany’s handball gamers, who had been sick with Corona, additionally suffered their first sports activities failure within the European Championship. Against defending champions Spain, the DHB choice confirmed its limits in Thursday’s first important spherical sport and lost 23-29 (12-14). Defending with all their power, Germany’s prime scorers had been left-back Patrick Zicker and ruckman Johannes Golla, with 4 targets every. Nevertheless, the shock towards the European champions was not sufficient and not using a optimistic eleven gamers.
National coach Alfred Gislason’s workforce will not have a lot time to argue: a win right here within the first main spherical to preserve the European Championship semi-final dream away. The day began nicely from a German perspective. Unlike the previous few days, no nationwide participant has examined optimistic.
The collection of the DHB was ready to face the Spaniards with 16 gamers, this time the workforce even had two goalkeepers, however it didn’t work with out curiosity: Christoph Steinert, who examined solely optimistic on Wednesday, out of the blue had solely damaging outcomes. A couple of hours earlier than the beginning of the exams – the 32-year-old German workforce was shocked. Steinert even walked from the workforce resort to the health club.
To forestall additional an infection, the German substitutes wore masks and sat on the bench
However, others initially centered on this basic. The longer the sport towards the overwhelmed Spaniards, the stronger the German protection round Patrick Wientzk, Simon Ernst and captain Johannes Golla. And what the interior block couldn’t stand up to was once more returned by the robust goalkeeper previous Johannes Bitter. At least just a few occasions. Because though DHB acted alert from the start of the choice, the Spaniards additionally got here to their gates.
Initially, it was a really tight sport towards the strongest German opposition within the event. But because the night went on, the German workforce lost. This interval of weak point was ruthlessly exploited by the Spanish. As the primary workforce, they might win the European Championship for the third time in a row this yr. Your biggest power: You do not let something shake you. Not even from a DHB workforce that was mixed and began with 9 nominated gamers.
Eleven gamers who examined optimistic, equivalent to Timo Kastenin or defender Andreas Wolff, had been remoted in entrance of the tv of their resort rooms. Assistant coach Eric Woodtke was additionally briefly absent for the sport towards the Spaniards, as the ultimate crown check produced a “imprecise image” because the DHB declared. To forestall additional an infection, the German substitutes even sat on the bench with masks – this stays a stunning EM for the workforce.
But regardless of all of the difficulties, the workforce did its finest. However, within the first couple of minutes earlier than and after the break, one thing essential was lacking: precision in assault. Time and once more, Gislason’s facet created one of the best possibilities – however had been typically let down by the excellent Spanish goalkeeper Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas. On the opposite hand, the seasoned defending champion made the a lot of the alternative to draw back additional. The sport towards Norway ought to be higher.