Handball EC: Germany lost to Norway – semi-closing out of the question

Status: 21.01.2022 22:00

The German handball gamers suffered their second consecutive defeat in the event in opposition to Norway and now have a slim likelihood of reaching the semi-finals.

The DHB qualifier lost 23-28 (12:14) to the Scandinavians in Bratislava on Friday night (January 21, 2022) and is now not in management of a spot in the semi-finals.

Now we’d like two wins and Schützenhilfe

With the defeat, nationwide coach Alfred Ghislason’s group should win their remaining two video games in opposition to Sweden on Sunday and Russia on Tuesday.

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At the identical time, Norway should additionally lose in opposition to Spain, and the Norwegians should not lose in opposition to Sweden on Tuesday. Then, if the Swedes win, there can be a 3-approach comparability of the three nations. If Sweden and Norway draw, the Germans will go straight by way of.

The German info initially upset Sagosen

The DHB group entered the recreation with a squad that had lost to Spain the day earlier than. No “returners with Corona” (but).

The Norwegians, who performed the earlier day and scored 42 targets in opposition to Poland, couldn’t see an enormous offensive drive at the starting of the recreation. The Germans took a 4-2 lead after eight minutes, initially discovering gaps in a comparatively attacking Norwegian defence.

With DHB’s protection at the different finish compact and bodily opposed, proper winger Lucas Zerbe was ready to rating two ‘straightforward’ targets early on. Christoph Steinert repeatedly attacked Norwegian famous person Sander Sagosen in the proper-half defensive place and thus disrupted the circulate of the favourite’s recreation.

Norway is rising, Germany is experiencing drought once more

The coach of the Norwegian nationwide group, Christian Berge, modified slightly and switched to each assault and protection. It paid off, with the new gamers inflicting issues for the DHB group and the recreation turned on its head. For eight minutes they didn’t rating and in that interval that they had to thank Johannes Bitter who made some sturdy matches between the posts. David Schmidt’s objective in the twenty third minute was the solely objective to make it 7-8 – it might have been worse.

It was an intense and bodily recreation with each groups working exhausting for each objective. However, it was the Germans who made minor errors earlier than the break. At 12:14 the sides modified.

Opponents are too sturdy and pulled out

In the first minutes of the second half, the Scandinavians had been ready to isolate the German protection with their extensive play and lots of crosses in the backfield. Just 5 minutes later, at 14:18, Gislason took motion, bringing Daniel Rebmann to the Beats and attacking his guards.

It was a brief-lived success, with the Germans coming slightly nearer with a dominant voice, however the opposition, with many Bundesliga gamers of their prime six, had been individually stronger and extra skilled. With 1 / 4 of an hour to go, Johannes Golla and Co had been 17:22 behind. Especially in opposition to Norwegian left-half Erik Thorsteinsen Toft, DHB had no reply that night. He had seven hits. The most profitable German shooter was Golla, who scored 4 targets.

Gislason: Still proud

In the closing interval, the nationwide coach reminded his gamers once more that in the three-approach comparability, each objective can depend at the finish. The Norwegians additionally understood this and adopted by way of to the finish. “We discovered slightly bit. I’m nonetheless proud of my boys, they gave it their all and by no means gave up.” Gislason defined to ZDF after the closing whistle.

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