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 major spherical recreation and lost 23-29 (12-14). Defending with all their energy, Germany’s prime scorers had been left-back Patrick Zicker and ruckman Johannes Golla, with 4 targets every. Nevertheless, the shock in opposition to the European champions was not sufficient and not using a constructive 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 maintain the dream of the European Championship semi-finals in verify. The day began effectively from a German perspective. Unlike the previous few days, no nationwide participant has examined constructive.
The number of the DHB was in a position to face the Spaniards with 16 gamers, this time the workforce even had two goalkeepers, nevertheless it didn’t work with out curiosity: Christoph Steinert, who examined solely constructive on Wednesday, abruptly had solely unfavourable outcomes. A number of hours earlier than the beginning of the assessments – the 32-year-old German workforce was stunned. Steinert even walked from the workforce resort to the health club.
To forestall additional an infection, the German substitutes sat on the bench sporting masks
However, others initially centered on this traditional. The longer the sport in opposition to the crushed Spaniards, the stronger the German protection round Patrick Wientzk, Simon Ernst and captain Johannes Golla. And what the internal block couldn’t face up to, the robust goalkeeper Johannes Bitter once more returned. 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 aggressive recreation in opposition to 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 may win the European Championship title for the third time in a row this 12 months. Your best energy: 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 constructive, similar 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 in opposition to the Spaniards, as the ultimate crown take a look at 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 jiffy earlier than and after the break, one thing essential was lacking: precision in assault. Time and once more, Gislason’s facet created the most effective probabilities – however had been generally let down by the excellent Spanish goalkeeper Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas. On the opposite hand, the seasoned defending champion made the many of the alternative to draw back additional. The recreation in opposition to Norway must be higher.