Handball EM: Germany lost to Spain

Germany’s handball gamers, who have 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 principal spherical sport and lost 23-29 (12-14). Defending with all their power, Germany’s high scorers have 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 with no 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 maintain 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 in a position 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, abruptly had solely destructive outcomes. A couple of hours earlier than the beginning of the assessments – the 32-year-old German workforce was stunned. Steinert even walked from the workforce lodge to the fitness center.

To forestall additional an infection, the German substitutes wore masks and sat on the bench

However, others initially targeted on this traditional. The longer the sport in opposition to the overwhelmed Spaniards, the stronger the German protection round Patrick Wientzk, Simon Ernst and captain Johannes Golla. And what the internal block couldn’t stand up to was once more returned by the robust goalkeeper outdated Johannes Bitter. At least just a few instances. 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 in opposition to the strongest German opposition within the match. 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, corresponding to Timo Kastenin or defender Andreas Wolff, have been remoted in entrance of the tv of their lodge 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 shocking EM for the workforce.

But regardless of all of the difficulties, the workforce did its greatest. 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 the perfect possibilities – however have 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 sport in opposition to Norway ought to be higher.


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