German handball gamers are getting stronger on the World Championships held in Poland and Sweden. In the primary important spherical recreation, Germany unexpectedly gained in opposition to Argentina with a rating of 39:19 (24:11). It was the fourth victory in the fourth recreation of the event.
It confirmed that the German crew had an more and more robust unit over the previous couple of days and embellished their centered and environment friendly recreation with enjoyable and enthusiasm. Argentina might by no means stand as much as these Germans.
“It’s such a enjoyable day”
“We did not count on it to be apparent.”– stated playmaker Yuri Knorr in an interview with Sportschau, “It’s enjoyable to play handball immediately.” And nationwide coach Alfred Gislason smiled: “I’m very grateful. It was a very centered recreation from my crew.”
Now DHB want just one win from the remaining two important spherical video games (opponents – Netherlands and Norway) to succeed in the quarter finals.
Simon Ernst is ready for his first objective for Germany
Top German scorers Johannes Golla, Patrik Grotzky and Lukas Mertens every scored 5 targets in 5 makes an attempt. With the exception of defender Simon Ernst, who continues to be ready for his first World Cup objective, each participant scored for Argentina.
Grotzky initially took issues into his personal palms in opposition to Argentina
As anticipated, Gislason initially relied on his common crew: Philipp Weber and Julian Köster alternated in assault and protection. Kai Hafner and Lucas Mertens return to motion after being rested in the ultimate group recreation in opposition to Algeria.
Germany began nicely. Particularly spectacular: right-back Patrik Grotzky, a long-time favourite in the German nationwide crew. In his forty sixth World Cup recreation (solely Christian Schwarzer and Silvio Heinewetter have extra), the veteran was instrumental in the 8-3 lead (tenth minute).
The German protection additionally performed very energetically and confirmed itself to be stronger than in elements of the preliminary spherical. Andreas Wolff additionally had a superb day as Germany prolonged their lead considerably.
National coach Gislason was in a position to make an early transition
That allowed Gislson to make a change halfway by way of the primary half and relaxation the gamers – no big deal in the rhythm of two-day World Cup video games. Simon Ernst got here on early in protection for Julian Koster, Paul Drucks for Philipp Weber and Yannick Kohlbacher for Johannes Golla.
Germany saved a good stability in the sport and had a strike charge of virtually 90 p.c at the moment. Goalkeeper Wolff saved 40 p.c of balls – which can be wonderful. Gislason paid tribute to the South Americans’ fast-paced fashion of play earlier than the sport. But that night in Kattowitz, there was nothing a lot to see in regards to the Argentine quick handball.
ease and pleasure of play
The Germans are fully totally different. It was evident that the crew, with its many victories in this World Cup, had gained a lot of confidence and acted with ease and enthusiasm not seen for a very long time.
24:11 at half-time – this was much more evident than in the insignificant match in opposition to Algeria. It was comprehensible that many German followers have been in excessive spirits at first of the night. “Oh how stunning”it echoed from the German fan block. “So far all the things that may be accomplished has labored”– stated sports activities director Axel Cromer.
He additionally confirmed good outcomes in the second half. Top sevens gamers like Knorr, Hafner, Golla and Koster continued to avoid wasting their vitality, which isn’t necessary in a event like this. The second swimsuit picked up the place it left off in opposition to Algeria on Tuesday.
Against the Netherlands might be tougher
In the tip, the end result was not as many targets as in the primary spherical, however after 60 minutes it was the very best victory in the World Cup.
On Saturday (21.01.2023, 20.30), the German crew will proceed the second important spherical recreation. The opponents are the Netherlands and will probably be tougher then.