German handball gamers bravely proceed their success story at the World Handball Championship. The Germans, who defeated the Netherlands with a rating of 33:26, received the fourth sport and superior to the quarterfinals early.
National coach Alfred Gislason was a bit nervous earlier than the sport, he admitted later, however the Icelander was very happy “that we received like this”. The German staff deliberate to “cease a really nimble and quick Dutch assault” because of “nice performances from Johannes Golla, Julian Koster and Christoph Steinert”. But Yuri Knoll and wingers Lukas Mertens and Patrik Grotzky additionally performed their half, – says Gislason, – after which Andi Wolff performs like that. The German goalkeeper as soon as once more supplied a world-class performance.
Against Serbia, it took a couple of minutes for the German staff to beat their nervousness. Two minor errors didn’t calm issues down, however as a substitute helped the Dutch staff to take a 2-0 lead. Their strengths are well-known: “They have an extremely fast backcourt and play at a excessive tempo,” Gislason realized, each of which the Oranje confirmed of their first makes an attempt. But then the selection of the German Handball Federation (DHB) was apparent.
So far, the Icelandic coach has at all times adjusted his staff to the better of his opponent, this time as nicely. In protection, he introduced Koster, who was spectacular from the begin for 2 meters, however nonetheless on his toes. Together with Captain Golla, he fashioned an inside block that was not tempted by the small Dutch, remained on the defensive and didn’t permit any area. A circle move from Luke Staines, a harmful weapon from the speedy playmaker, fell flat, and Coster made a number of interceptions. “He needed to work on his huge toes at present,” stated Koster, who was additionally assured offensively: he discovered the rim with a move or a robust shot from behind.
The standout, nonetheless, was as soon as once more sport designer Yuri Knorr, who did not settle into the sport easily, made repeated errors, however quickly discovered his rhythm. Knorr was a mainstay of the German staff and was the prime scorer with 9 targets. So the Germans received the higher of the Dutch as Andreas Wolf received higher and higher.
Germany pulled away in the second half
Dutchman Dani Baijens declared his opponent as “clear favourite” upfront. Steins recalled that the World Cup was “one other studying course of” for his nation and that Germany was one among the “greatest groups in the world”. Along with their prime goalscorer Kay Smits, who has signed for German champions Magdeburg, they kind a backfield trio that Gislason has been eyeing and has performed a key function in Oranje’s rise in recent times. There was no class distinction in the first half, however the DHB choice have been the higher staff in a really intense sport and led 15-12 at half-time.
The second spherical is extra telling: between Knorr’s wonderful shot, Grotzky’s profitable transfer, Koster’s robust shot, and Wolff’s three saves – the Germans left at an unbelievable velocity. The protection turned an insurmountable wall for the Dutch, who continued to run tirelessly with the big Wolf behind, the German staff reached 20:12. Things escalated once more in the second half when the Serbian referees overturned a number of minor choices towards the Germans. But it was shortly overcome, particularly since the replacements have been built-in easily once more.
The opponents in the quarter-finals are Spain or France
With a surprisingly clear win towards the Netherlands, they certified for the quarter-finals, earlier than taking up Norway for a bunch win on Monday. The Scandinavians reached the knockout stage early with a 30-17 victory over Qatar, who confirmed indicators of disintegration in the second half.
The opponents in the quarter-finals will likely be the Olympic champion France or Spain, additionally one among the favorites of the match. It isn’t but recognized who will play who. Because like Germany and Norway, Spain and France have received all their video games to date and are the group winners in the final group sport in direct comparability.
“These are two prime degree opponents,” stated goalkeeper Andreas Wolff. The Spanish are “barely weaker than the French.” Gislason noticed it the similar method, however warned: “The Spaniards are a really torn staff – nearly whoever is available in: we all know we have now to place in an important performance.”