It’s over, it is over: you smelled an enormous revolution for a very long time – you are left empty-handed.
Alfred Gislason folded his arms, slumped down, and sat in silence for a couple of minutes. The nationwide handball coach let the 28:35 (16:16) sport sink in opposition to France in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. (FEATURE: Read the sport reside)
World Handball Championship: Gislason fights after the finish
The Icelander and his gamers had lengthy been dreaming of a coup in opposition to the reigning Olympic champions – their dream of claiming their first World Cup medal since their 2007 house triumph solely grew stronger after the closing 15-minute collapse. (All details about the 2023 World Handball Championship)
“We made too many errors in the second half. We have to take in this sport first,” Gislason mentioned ZDF– Microphone.
Germany stored the sport open for a very long time in opposition to the report world champion and took a 20:18 lead after the break.
But at the finish of the day, even Andreas Wolff, who held the ball effectively, couldn’t stop defeat, as a result of nothing occurred in assault.
France is just too sturdy for the DHB crew
The truth stays: Germany can’t beat world-class groups in main tournaments.
“The result’s too excessive, it was an enormous combat from us. But we’re not going to take possibilities to get to the semi-finals,” mentioned captain Johannes Golla, Germany’s prime scorer with six targets. “We performed effectively for 40 minutes after which collapsed. There remains to be a great distance to go to attain the absolute prime of the world.”
Wolf supplied good service, im defined ZDF: “I’m a bit disenchanted. What upsets me the most is the excessive rating. “We began effectively, however then we lost hope in the goalkeeper.”
What the 31-year-old goalkeeper additionally thought: “We gave up a bit at the finish. In the finish we lose by seven. It doesn’t replicate the progress of the sport.”
However, Gislason didn’t need to let this occur: “I do not assume we gave up. We stored going, simply threw poorly.”
The nationwide coach disputes Wolff’s accusation that he “gave up.”
The nationwide coach controversially added: “We weren’t centered sufficient at the time, which was disappointing.”
For the German nationwide crew, the event just isn’t over but after the quarter-finals. Golla and his colleagues will journey to Stockholm on Thursday morning.
Instead of enjoying for the world title once more after 16 years in the Swedish capital at the weekend, locations 5 to eight at the moment are at stake in two video games of sporting immateriality. Friday’s opponent at the Tele2 Football Arena is initially African champions Egypt.
“The French haven’t any weaknesses,” Gislason mentioned earlier than the sport ZDF “We have to play effectively at the again and up entrance,” he mentioned.
But the DHB coach and his crew first had to be affected person. In the earlier sport between Norway and Spain (34:35), the sport began 22 minutes late due to double extra time. (UPDATE: Time for a enjoyable throw at DHB-Kracher)
The launch begins with a delay
That, Oracles DHB sporting director Axel Cromer, “might be a bonus for us. The French are effectively conscious of the course of earlier than the quarter-finals. Now it is new for everybody.”
In truth, the Gislason Seven had been awake from the begin after the inevitable delay. With Golla and Co. placing nearly all of their pictures ahead, and goalkeeper Wolff beginning brilliantly at the again, Germany took a 5-3 (fifth) and 8-5 (tenth) lead.
And when Christoph Steinert made it 11-7 after 1 / 4 of an hour, France coach Guillaume Gilles turned his stars Nikola Karabatic and Dika Mem into the first time-out. (Karabat Portrait: World Handball Monster)
Since then, the Germans’ attacking play has stagnated, with the French now choosing up the tempo significantly. So it took lower than 4 minutes for Nedim Remili to equalize. In a 5 minute interval with out a purpose of his personal, at all times Wolff saved DHB from going behind on a number of events along with his saves and thus stored them in the sport.
Grotzky with a lethal counterattack
“It’s a really tight sport with a number of tempo and a number of coronary heart from either side,” Cromer mentioned at halftime. And crew supervisor Oliver Roggish mentioned: “With Andy Wolf in the crew, we actually want to be leaders.”
However, the second spherical began with the French taking the first lead. The DHB choice responded with three targets in a row, however couldn’t prolong the lead till 20:17 when Patrik Groecki counterattacked. (Knorr? “It’s in each paper”)
For the French, common back-up goalkeeper Remi Desbonne grew to become an more and more issue behind future Kiel man Vincent Gerrard.
And so it was: the Germans had been there in the fortieth minute, Les Blais leveled the rating at 20-20 thanks to Ludovic Fabregas after which disbanded.
Eight minutes with out a purpose in the end value DHB the likelihood to win and finish their post-2007 title goals. Still, Gislason mentioned, “I’m pleased with the boys, they gave it their all.”
Summary of the sport:
France – Germany 35:28 (16:16)
France: Fabregas (5 targets), Remilly (5), Richardson (4/2 penalties), Tournat (4), Mahé (4/2), Mem (3), Lenne (3), Luka Karabatic (2), Porte (2) ) ), Nahi (1), Grebille (1), Nikola Karabatic (1). – Germany: Wolff (Kielce), Birlech (Rhein-Neckar Leuven) – Golla (Flensburg/6), Knorr (Rhein-Neckar Leuven/5/2), Mertens (Magdeburg/4), Steinert (Erlangen/3), Hafner (Melsungen/3), Kolbacher (Rhein-Neckar Leuven/2), Grotzky (Rhein-Neckar Leuven/2), Witzke (Leipzig/2), Weber (Magdeburg/1).
Referee: Hansen/Madsen (Denmark)
Spectators in Gdańsk: 5500
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